UK funds WasteAid recycling centre in Kenya

Written by: Jo Gallacher | Published:
Children play around dumpsites in Kwa-Muhia

A recycling centre in Kwa-Muhia, Kenya will be built by WasteAid thanks to funding from the UK.

The centre will collect waste and turn it into useful products which can then be sold.

Funding was granted by UK Aid Direct, a Department for International Development fund which supports civil society organisations to achieve sustained poverty reduction.

Many of the residents of Kwa-Muhia work on nearby flower farms producing cut flowers sold in UK supermarkets.

WasteAid will now work with Kwa-Muhia Environmental Group (KMEG) which is made up of stakeholders and supporters.

Duncan Oloo, KMEG project manager, said: “This project will improve public health in the village by reducing diseases spread by uncollected rubbish, especially among young children who play on the waste dumps.

“We are reaching out to all members of the community to help us and we are working with the less advantaged to help us in our mission towards zero waste.”

WasteAid hopes to develop a low-cost model for other settlements in Kenya and elsewhere.

It will be posting regular updates on the project.

UK Aid Direct is a five-year, £150m challenge fund designed to support the UK’s commitments to achieve Global Goals for sustainable development.

The three grants available are Impact grants between £250,000- £4m, Community Partnership up to £250,000 and Small Charities Challenge Fund for up to £50,000.

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