Waste Management Services
“Bungoma County has a serious waste and energy problem and this project is one small step towards making positive changes. This project can be easily replicated and is a wonderful way to enable Bungoma County to recycle waste Provision of solid waste services, including waste collection, transfer, recycling, resource recovery composting, landfill facilities and disposal in a creative and practical way. Following on from this first Jatonet Tech bottle house the children at the public/private Schools and communities of in Bungoma County are planning to start collecting bottles for making the bottle ‘bricks’ for the schools and rural communities with poor housing. Students, communitity, youth groups, women groups will be involved throughout the build. The project will take millions bottles out of landfill, waste management, education and environmental conservation.”
- Makes use of plastic bottles which mostly end up in land fills.
- Reduces CO2 emissions from the non-usage of bricks (bricks need to be baked there by release a large amount of CO2 into the air).
- Looks unique and being bio-climatic will help in reducing power consumption.
Public concern and sensitivity to environmental issues is driving this expanded agenda. These include:
- health and environmental impacts of accumulated uncollected waste and clandestine disposal sites
- health and environmental impacts of solid waste facilities, including transfer, composting and landfill facilities
- air emissions from waste collection and transfer vehicles
- Special handling and disposal of hazardous wastes, including healthcare and industrial hazardous waste.
Encourage Neighborhood Community Involvement in Waste Minimization and Collection:
- Where door-to-door collection of wastes by Jatonet is infeasible, a neighborhood will bring its waste to a communal collection container. If the container is placed on the neighborhood periphery where it can be readily emptied, its visibility would provide motivation to the city for emptying in order to provide an economic incentive that establishes a consumer-client relationship
Involvement of Community in Waste Collection Produces Multiple Benefits:
- Communities that reside and work as waste pickers at open dumps typically involve the poorest and most long-suffering residents of Bungoma County. Thousands, and sometimes tens of thousands, of waste pickers and their families may live on and around an open dump, breathing the fumes of toxic gaseous emissions and smoke from open burning, as they sort through wastes for subsistence existence. Efforts to organize, legitimize, upgrade, and support these people are part of many projects to improve solid waste disposal conditions. Typically the adults of the family are issued identification badges and trained in new methods of working. They are given a roofed/sheltered area to sort, wash, and bale their materials so that they can better meet industry specifications and obtain higher prices. They may be provided with transportation so that they can take their recovered materials to buyers, and thus avoid the clutches of the buyer’s agents that act as middle-men and keep their selling prices down.