The government of Kenya
has gazetted the Impact assessment for a 10 megawatts waste-to-energy plant to
be built in Kibera slums in Nairobi, undertaken by Asticom Kenya, with the
support of the African Development Bank (AfDB).
The National Environmental
Management Authority (NEMA) has given its assessment and is inviting members of
the public to comment on its plans.
A unique aspect of the
plant is that it will use recycled materials for its set up. “[It will] use at
least 5%-10% recycled, refurbished or salvaged materials to reduce the use of
raw materials and divert material from landfills,” part of the assessment
It will ensure that
construction materials left over at the end of construction will be used in
other projects rather than being disposed of.
Asticom received funding totalling
USD 1 Mn from the Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA), a multi-donor
trust fund managed by African Development Bank
“The project is based on
three specific forms of biomass; municipal solid waste, agricultural crop
residues and livestock waste or manure,” Asticom said.
The company aims to expand
to other regions in the country where there is a huge issue of solid waste
including Ngong and Kitengela towns (generating 700 tons/day of waste) from
Kajiado County; Kibera and Kawangware (~600 tons/day) from Nairobi County, and
Mombasa town (~2700 tons/day).
“The rural regions will
include the mainly agricultural western regions, comprising the sugarcane
growing counties of Homabay, Kisumu, Kakamega and Bungoma (4000-7000 tons/day
of sugar cane waste),” the company stated.
There are reports that the
Nairobi County Government plans
to put up a USD 197 Mn incinerator to decrease the garbage landfills in
Dandora. It is expected to generate 40MW in electricity to the national grid.
Joyce Kariuki, the Communications Lead at Proctor and Gamble East Africa opined that “Solid waste disposal and management are slowly becoming a developing nation’s problem and adaptive leadership seems a good way out of it.”
She said that out of the
2200 tones solid waste generated daily, about 30 to 40 per cent is not
collected. Moreover, less than 50 per cent of the population is served.
More needs to be done and
incinerators are not the ultimate solution for the waste problem bedevilling citizens,
The public has 30 days to comment on the impact assessment “to assist the Authority in the decision-making process of the plan,” Mambo B. Mambo, Ag. Director-General, NEMA said.
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