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Taka Taka Recycling

Revolutionising the green economy in Kenya by collecting and recycling over 5,000 tonnes of plastic waste each year


Like in many countries, waste management in Kenya is largely unregulated, unmanaged and unsafe. A colossal 4,000 tonnes of waste is produced in Nairobi every day, yet only 5-10% of this is ever recycled. On top of the environmental impacts, overflowing waste-dumps pose a huge humanitarian risk in the country, with air, water and soil contamination leading to severe health issues for local communities. What’s more, waste picking jobs at dumpsites are often dirty, dangerous, and low-paying.

Plastic recycling

Ziele für nachhaltige Entwicklung

Decent work and economic growth

70 local workers employed

receiving good working wages and working conditions for waste workers

Sustainable communities and cities

Providing waste management services

for Nairobi and surrounding communities

Responsible consumption and production

By facilitating increased recycling and circularity

of products and packaging, the project reduces dependence on virgin plastic

Life on land

5,000 tonnes of plastic waste

collected and recycled each year, preventing plastic pollution and protecting Kenya's natural environment

The Solution

The ‘Taka Taka’ project, meaning ‘garbage project’ in Swahili, aims to deal with Kenya's plastic problem at its source - incentivising collectors to retrieve plastic waste directly from households and businesses around Nairobi. Once collected, waste is taken to a central recycling facility in the city where it is washed and recycled into flakes and pellets which are then sold to local plastic manufacturers. In future the project aims to implement buyback centres at waste sites to facilitate waste recovery and expand the volume of plastic waste collected.


The Impact

Establishing infrastructure for the recycling of single-use and flexible plastics is key in Kenya’s journey towards eradicating plastic pollution in the country. By proactively dealing with over 5,000 tonnes of plastic waste each year the initiative both improves living conditions in Kenya and preserves the health of marine and terrestrial ecosystems. Through employing 70 local workers the project additionally accelerates Kenya’s green economy while providing income security to waste pickers.

Project ID: 303801

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