Encouraging youth-led recycling in Kenya

In Kenya, the Waste to Wealth programme has linked up with youth groups working on climate change issues in order to greater uptake of innovative recycling initiatives across the sub-region.

The Kenyan CATs project is supported by Living Earth Foundation, and funded by the Department for International Development of the UK Government.  This project supports young people across Kenya to form youth groups, known as  Climate Action Teams (CATs), which focus on raising awareness about climate change and on developing green business ideas.

In November 2014, the CATs project organised three regional workshops bringing together over sixty young people and providing information on the waste to wealth approach and on waste recycling opportunities in Kenya.  The participants heard from representatives of other innovative green businesses including Ecopost which makes plastic fencing from recycled plastics, from local CBOs working on briquette-making, and from making solar lamps from recycled materials.

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Testing out a briquette maker at a Waste to Wealth workshop

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Discussing local waste recycling opportunities

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Learning how to use a briquette making press

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Visiting Ecopost – a company making lumber from plastic waste

 

One participant commented on the impact of the CATs project to date:

The impact CAT has done for me since I joined it in 2013 is a lot. I have established great networks, I have expansively learnt on climate change and environmental conservation as well as improving my entrepreneurial skills through the income generating activities in my group and therefore financially sustaining myself.
It has also strengthened the partnership between different groups in the community that are inclined towards environmental conservation and together we are taking care of the future generations.’ Susan – Gilgil CAT.

 

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