Plastic Waste recycling for Circular Economy – IDAP

Contexte

Integrated Development Africa Programme  (IDAP), a registered NGO in Kenya, and Mama Sara Obama Children Foundation are registered social enterprises established to address the challenges facing the poor in Kenya including issues of environment, water and sanitation. This covers plastic pollution, urban waste management, deforestation and climate change. Our aim is to create a sustainable solution to the growing plastic waste menace, create an alternative to timber and create job opportunities.

We intend to use waste plastic as a resource to manufacture eco-friendly plastic lumber. These Eco-friendly building materials made from recycled plastics are ideal for fencing on farms, homes, national parks, forest reserves and commercial places as well as furniture.

Objectifs

Solid waste management is one of the environmental challenges that many African cities are struggling to contain. As the population in most cities is growing so is the production of solid waste. In this equation, environmentally friendly and sustainable measures to manage the waste are lacking. Kenya is one of those countries caught up in this situation. Kenya generates more than 35 million plastic materials per month half of which end up in solid waste stream. Plastic material constitutes one of the greatest environmental challenges in most African countries. The situation in Nairobi, the Capital city of Kenya and that in Siaya County is not any different.

Siaya County is choking in solid wastes. Heaps of solid wastes can be found in uncontrolled haphazard locations within the business district as well as the residential areas. While both the county administrators and environmentalist recognize the health hazards and risks involved, the lack of economic and technological capacity has left the dwellers and residents grasping for help. Landfill and burning is the most common method of disposal used in Siaya County.