RCE Greater Nairobi - 2018

Electronic Waste Management
Basic Information
Title of project : 
Electronic Waste Management
Submitting RCE: 
RCE Greater Nairobi
Contributing organization(s) : 
Business Men’s Fellowship Kenya Association (bmfkenya@gmail.com), E-waste Initiative Kenya (info@ewik.org)
Focal point(s) and affiliation(s)
Kamiti Water Resources Users Association
Format of project: 
Language of project: 
Date of submission:
Saturday, July 28, 2018
Geographical & Education Information
Africa and Middle East
Nairobi and Kiambu Counties
Address of focal point institution for project: 
727-00600 Nairobi
Socioeconomic and environmental characteristics of the area : 
The area consists of urban and rural households. The main city is Nairobi. There are several other highly populated towns in the two counties. Kiambu county is characterized by hills, plateaus and high elevation plains. The area lies between 1500 – 1800 meters above sea level and is generally a tea and dairy zone. Activities such as maize, horticultural crops ad sheep farming are also practiced. Major rivers are Nairobi, Kamiti, Ruiru, Thiririka and Ndarugu. Kiambu county has a population of more than 1,600,000 people while Nairobi has over 3.3 million people.
Description of sustainable development challenge(s) in the area the project addresses: 
Electronic items such as mobile phones, computers, televisions and radios are never recycled in the area. They provide to very huge electronic solid waste which is hazardous to our environment and human health. Unemployment in this region is very high. A good number of men are not able to provide for their families and have resulted to substance abuse and crime. Through men forums dubbed chapters, we are turning E-waste into a resource, through recycling, thus creating income generating activities. We are also addressing character building, through successful facilitators. Members are pooling funds together to ensure that our project is sustainable. We are in need of partnerships with likeminded stakeholders to acquire necessary machinery for recycling of the E-waste.
October, 2016 to October, 2030
We are focused on raising awareness on the impact of E-waste on public health and environment, creating green jobs to the youth/ women and retirees, through safe and smart disposal and recycling solutions in the community. We bridge the digital divide in providing refurbished ICT equipment to the less privileged at an affordable price. The project is also promoting industrialization and innovation where new products are made from the e-wastes hence promoting SDG 9. Through the project, the out-of-school youths have an opportunity to learn where they dismantle and produce new products from the e-wastes.
Our Vision statement is “Waste not, Recycle and Retain quality”.
We work to fulfill our mission without wasting environmental, financial or human resources.
To promote sustainable livelihood.
To establish partnerships and maintain sustainability of e-waste management in the area.
To create awareness on e-waste management and environmental concerns.
To bring members together to address the local issues in the e-waste management and recycling industry
Activities and/or practices employed: 
We are implementing a technical empowerment program that is dealing with increasing the employability to become self-employed entrepreneurs of youth, women and retirees.
On job technical training and work placement in the informal sector. The experienced craftsmen undertake the provisions for training and absorbing technical interns for specific skills. Our waste collection and transfer systems provide a collection point for every waste generated in Nairobi and Kiambu counties. We are doing direct vehicle collection, door to door and community collection methods. This is mainly during our community empowerment meetings that we hold in the two counties.
Size of academic audience: 
Through Business Men’s Fellowship family outreaches, we have created awareness to over 100,000 men in the two counties. This is through the outreach forums and Electronic and print media.
We have manufactured new products made of recovered materials from E-waste such as power inverters, battery chargers, amplifiers and welding machines. We have created employment opportunities for youths and women, hence empowering women and also leading to a notable decline in cases of crime and substance abuse among the youths. We have contributed to addressing the environmental and health impacts of e-wastes in our counties.
The project has also alleviated the challenges of disposing e-wastes in landfills, water bodies and agricultural land, hence combating climate change.
Lessons learned: 
Public awareness campaigns on E-waste and solid waste management issues are low. We have so far provided hands on technical training in partnership with local community to produce refurbished electronics and ICT equipment. We do participate in environmental cleanup programs as well as offering installations, repair and maintenance services.
Our target group has no capacity to sustain the training costs. We are also in need of machinery to recycle valuable components that are collected from E-waste. We endeavor to create numerous home based industries that will employ thousands of youths and women.
Key messages: 
Our core values are accountability, community, innovation, empowerment and trust. We are committed to taking responsibility for our actions, decisions and policies, contributing to society and demonstrating corporate social responsibility in E-waste management. We are committed to pursuing new creative ideas that have potential to change the world through proper management of our environment. We are committed to encourage employees to take initiative and give the best. We endeavor to do things in good faith, communicate whole heartedly and keep promises.
Relationship to other RCE activities: 
We are working in partnership with RCE Greater Nairobi in collection and management of E-waste materials and also educating the stakeholders on sustainable e-waste management.


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Image icon greaternairobi1.jpg (15.27 KB) E-waste Academy 2017. Training international participants on environmentally friendly E-waste management in Nairobi Ngara workshop.
Image icon greaternairobi2.jpg (18.23 KB) E-waste Academy 2017. Training international participants on environmentally friendly E-waste management in Nairobi Ngara workshop.
Image icon greaternairobi3.jpg (91.92 KB) Awarding certificates to youths trained on E-waste management in Kiambu.
UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
(https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdgs) and other themes of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)
SDG 1 - End poverty in all its forms everywhere 
SDG 2 - End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture 
SDG 3 - Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages 
SDG 4 - Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all 
SDG 5 - Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls 
SDG 6 - Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all 
SDG 7 - Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all 
SDG 8 - Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all 
SDG 9 - Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation, and foster innovation 
SDG 10 - Reduce inequality within and among countries 
SDG 11 - Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable 
SDG 12 - Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns 
SDG 13 - Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts 
SDG 14 - Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development 
SDG 15 - Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification and halt and reverse land degradation, and halt biodiversity loss 
SDG 16 - Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels 
SDG 17 - Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development 
Disaster Risk Reduction 
Traditional Knowledge  
Curriculum Development 
Plants & Animals 
Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development – Priority Action Areas
Priority Action Area 1 - Advancing policy 
Priority Action Area 2 - Transforming learning and training environments 
Priority Action Area 3 - Building capacities of educators and trainers 
Priority Action Area 4 - Empowering and mobilizing youth 
Priority Action Area 5 - Accelerating sustainable solutions at local level