Borealis and Ecopost are working together to scale up the collection and recycling of plastic waste in Kenya by formalising collection processes, expanding recycling capacity, and training and recruiting collectors.

“We very much welcome Borealis’ support of our activities to implement the selected modules to improve the informal waste collection,” said Lorna Rutto, Ecopost CEO.

She continued: “The funds will make a positive impact to Ecopost as well as thousands of young people and women in marginalised areas. It will be incredibly valuable in creating a more positive socio-economic and environmental impact.”

Nairobi alone is said to produce over 2,400 tons of solid waste daily, with the figure exceeding 22,000 tons throughout Kenya. Further, 36% of Kenyans are living below the poverty line, earning less than US$1.90 a day, as well as being highly exposed to deforestation with only 6% of the country’s surface covered by forest.

Ecopost is keen to promote a circular economy through the collection and recycling of plastic waste using a replicable and scalable system whilst generating employment opportunities for operators, plastic waste collectors and distributors.

Ecopost formalises the informal waste-picking community and incorporates training and capacity building across the value chain to achieve impact at scale and provide a fair and regular income to waste pickers.

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These efforts share the ultimate goal of advancing waste recycling in Kenya and promoting a circular economy in line with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Markus Horcher, director sustainability and public affairs at Borealis added: “Mismanaged waste adversely impacts livelihoods, human health and hinders sustainable development. Partnering with Ecopost not only complements Borealis’ vision towards a circular economy, but also helps with reducing socio-economic differences, a key target area of the Borealis Social Fund.”