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Siemens Stiftung TAKA TAKA

Development of Appropriate Training and Refuse Bin Design Toolkit for Waste Separation.

Waste management is a major challenge in developing countries, such as Kenya. The public sector struggles to run an effective and efficient waste management system due to poor planning and lack of finances. Private sector waste collection companies only collect waste to dispose it at badly managed dumpsites. This neglects the potential value of waste. As a consequence, waste management becomes so expensive that 66% of Nairobi’s inhabitants (2.5 million people) cannot afford it. These are mainly people living in lower income areas. Uncollected waste causes severe health and environmental problems.

TakaTaka Solutions Ltd. is a social enterprise committed to address this challenge (“takataka” means waste in Kiswahili). By offering an innovative socially-driven business approach it aims to bring about socio-economic and environmental change:

  • Affordable waste collection services to all income areas 
  • Recycling and composting of up to 80% of collected waste 
  • Job creation in the informal waste sector 
  • A cleaner and healthier environment.

TakaTaka Solutions Ltd.’s business model depends on clients separating their waste into two fractions, organic and inorganic waste. Only separated waste provides clean fractions that can be further processed, i.e. composting of the organic waste and separating of the recyclable waste (paper, plastic, glass and metal) from the inorganic waste.

The ‘appropriate training and refuse bin design toolkit for waste separation’ focuses on the training, refuse bin design and monitoring components. These are the components mainly concerned with waste separation. It will also look at those marketing elements, which are concerned with encouraging waste separation.