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Mamawatoto Eco School

Confronting East Africa's Solid Waste Crisis

Reuben Kipchir

from garbagemap.org..

Machakos is the capital of Machakos county, Kenya with a rapidly growing population. In the past decade the population increased by a factor of 10. It is an urban area surrounded by farmland. The current waste stream management practices include disparate burn and waste piles. 

Click on the yellow camera icon in the map above to view recent photos of the waste piles. There is a transport system where lorries carry the waste to a central dump point.

Preliminary cost/benefit analysis findings

of how much can be paid for raw materials collected, cleaned and sorted as compared with making products from that waste near where it is collected.

Kenyan Shillings cash paid in Nairobi for sorted bottle PET plastic

22-26 ksh / KG Jan 2022

price paid in Nairobi for chipped & sorted PET plastic

42-45 ksh / KG Jan 2022

Fuel production production:

420 gallons of fuel from 2000 lb of plastics

1590 liters from 907 kg of plastics =

1.75 liters of fuel produced / KG of plastic

192 ksh / KG pf plastics converted to fuel

from another references

1 gallon of fuel from 8.3 pounds of plastic [1] ~ 420 gallons from 3286 lb of plastic

Claudia Mbinda Mwende confirmed that fuel cost estimate confirmed 1/1/2022 at 110 ksh per liter at the pump in Machakos

There is a need to evaluate the impacts of the current waste stream practices and provide a data-driven solid waste management plan for the improvement of human health, the environment, and the economy of Machakos, Kenya.  - garbagemap.org

Machakos is littered with many waste piles on the roadside, where fire and livestock grazing have become the de-facto course of action in attending to them.


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