Family Farming Knowledge Platform

Dajopen Waste Management

Type of Organization: Farmers' organization
Areas of work: Agricultural and rural legislation
Region: Africa
Country: Kenya
The Dajopen Waste Management Project aims at tackling the Socioeconomic and Environmental conditions of vulnerable communities through community based waste management strategy. The strategy is implemented through collection of waste materials for production of recycled items and the training of other self-help groups and actors regarding alternative livelihood opportunities, waste management and organic farming. The project focuses on the environmental, social and economic challenges in Kitale and the entire country at large. It aims at contributing to a cleaner town and preservation of the environment in a comprehensive manner. Since this project was first initiated in 2007, ninety five (95%) of the members have changed their waste disposal methods. More than 21,000 people have been trained on waste management and organic farming and eight (8) community groups have been trained on producing a range of recycled products. Also, Uganda (our neighboring country) sent their civic leaders to learn about waste management at our project. The project has already implemented several activities some which includes: composting of organic biodegradable waste, making briquettes from dry tree leaves and pulp papers, making simple maize shellers from scrap metals to assist the small scale farmers and especially the women who handle most of the domestic chores in family. The low density plastic wastes are recycled to make bags and mats. High density plastics make fencing poles and roofing tiles in small scale because of lack of extruder machine. Old calendars are recycled to make necklaces, bungles and earrings. Already we have been able to make several items from waste as stated above, but in small scale.