Kenya Aims for Zero Waste

Geo Cycle’s Kenyan operation, in partnership with Bamburi Cement, is offering a waste management solution that leaves no residue after disposal.

The project is seen as a move that will improve the environment with benefits for the local population.

“Waste being complex requires smarter, sustainable and economical solutions,” said Simon Wathigo, Head of Geocyle Kenya. The firm will be involved in the collection, transportation, separation, disposal of waste and audits that abide by the international waste management practices.

Waste collected will be incinerated in Bamburi cement kilns. According to Susan Maingi, Corporate Affairs and Communication Director Bamburi Cement Ltd, the move will help in cutting cement production costs by providing alternative sources of fuel.

Bamburi already uses biomass, waste oil and waste tyres in its production. The use of alternatives is more environmentally friendly than using fossil fuels.

This move will aid in reduction of Kenya’s carbon footprint that has escalated due to open incineration of waste. This zero residue solution will eliminate the need for landfills. Currently, the 46 acre Dandora municipal dumpsite is 98 per cent full.

About the author

David is the Owner and Publisher of Tyre & Rubber Recycling. With over 30 years' experience as a specialist tyre industry journalist, he first entered the tyre industry in 1987 as Editor of Tyres & Accessories. He was Editor of Tyre Trade News between 1993-96 before establishing Retreading Business in 1997. In 2004 he acquired the Malaysian tyre magazine The Tyreman, before establishing Tyre & Rubber Recycling in 2009. In addition to his publishing ventures, he was also Director of the Retread Manufacturers' Association between 2004 and 2014.

Email: david.wilson@tyreandrubberrecycling.com

Phone: (44) 1270 668 718

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