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Rehabilitation of the illegal dumpsites

Along with rapid population growth and urbanization, poor solid waste is emerging as public health risk in Kenya. According to the 2020 report by Urban Africa Risk Knowledge, up to 80% of plastic plus other waste that is generated by households in urban slum areas in Kenya is disposed poorly in rivers and illegal dumpsites. In Nairobi for instance, up to 2500 tons of waste (50%) generated daily remains uncollected which translates into widespread unsafe disposal in urban river systems.

The disposal of this waste in rivers and river banks has been linked to a wide range of risks including slowing down economic growth, higher incidences of diseases, environmental degradation, and deterioration of the quality of life. The poor disposal of waste in rivers has also resulted into vast amount of ‘plastic soups’ in the Marine environment since rivers are currently the major pathway for the flow of plastic wastes into marine environment.

Chemolex therefore provides holistic solution to the urban river pollution. In addition to the plastic capture system installations, we partner with community youth and women groups in the informal urban settlement to repurpose and rehabilitate river banks and illegal dumpsites into green spaces and community kids` playing ground. We have so far rehabilitated 15 illegal dumpsites that previously acted as habitat for criminals in the informal settlement and provided safe spaces and playing ground to 500 kids in the riparian informal settlements in Nairobi. As an organization, our plan is to rehabilitate 1000 illegal dumpsites along River Athi which will in turn provide employment opportunities to 150000 youths while also eliminating plastic river pollution.

Some rehabilitated dumpsites