Advocating for change is a challenging but rewarding process never in vain. With policy supporting adoption of best practices such as sorting of waste (The Mombasa county environment policy requires all waste to be sorted at the point of generation in accordance with the prescribed standards) at source, solid waste pollution remains a key challenge around in many beaches due to lack of a mechanism to facilitate the process. Multiple activities planned under suggested prototypes in this lab have been conducted to set the pathway in reducing the impacts of solid waste.

Collective action by the lab’s stakeholders has resulted in the continuous implementation of solutions. Café owners, photographers, tube renters, cleaners, policy makers in government, conservation management and the civil society) are joining hands as local ocean heroes, playing their part in reuse, recycling and recovery pathway.

Jomo Kenyatta Public Beach Campaigns
The largest and most popular beach in Mombasa County, with high visitation rates which leads to high production of solid waste – a potential threat to the marine park and reserve that borders the Beach. Multiple interventions have been prioritised for this site including numerous campaigns such as the International Coastal Clean-up initiatives, the Flipflopi Expedition and trialling of application of waste sorting and sorted collection at the Beach.

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Mtongwe Beach Cleanup and Campaign
Mtongwe beach borders Mombasa Island to the South and is located in the highly populated Likoni Ward. This campaign is led by the Kishoka Community and facilitated by the Rufford foundation and the SDG labs. The 27th of April, 2019 marks the start of a continuous process in replicating solutions trialed under the SDG
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Best Practice Visits

Visit to Watamu eco-world

  • The lab partnered with the Rufford project and facilitated the selected team leader to join leaders from other initiatives on a visit to Watamu Eco-World to bench-mark on various activities that may be implemented at the Jomo Kenyatta Public Beach.

Visit to Takkazi waste recovery centre

  • Through a partnership with Saving mother earth, logistical support was offered to community volunteers in a learning tour to review recycling initiatives and to forge linkages with Takkazi, target buyer for the recovered recyclable materials they would collect at the Jomo Kenyatta Public Beach. The participants learnt about proper collection and sorting of HDPE plastics and best areas to send their materials including the nearer collection point in Shanzu Ward.

Visit to Jill Plastics Recycling Centre

  • Another partnership with Saving Mother Earth yielded the visit to Jill Plastics Recycling Centre located in Bombolulu in Mombasa. Facilitating participants to attend the learning tour, they learnt about the available opportunities for the sale of recyclable items such as carton boxes, polythene packaging bags and tetrapak packaging that the centre recycles.

Visit to Copa Cabana Beach

  • A scoping visit to the a well maintained beach, the Copa Cabana Beach Mtwapa of Kilifi County revealed how community initiatives and collective social responsibility can lead to reduced littering and dumping. Despite lack of recycling and recovery initiatives, The Copa Cabana Beach is clean with solid waste servicing done by the community members. In the replicating best practices from the Jomo Kenyatta Public beach, the lab will seek to work with the Copa Cabana/ Mtwapa Beach management unit to initiate sorted collection of recyclable materials to provide a complementary source of income for the beach. The beach is also able to be serviced by a recycler- Yu Cheng Investments who buy PET bottles recovered by collectors for export recycling.

Madubaa waste recovery centre (old town)

  • After this visit, community volunteer cleaners so the need to initiate sorted collection of solid waste by introducing labelled bins to collect waste in categories. This, they learnt, would ease the work of recovering recyclable materials, reduce time spent in sorting and act as demonstration site for best practices in the application of best practices (Rs – reduction, reuse, recycling and recovery) at source. The visit was also attended by representatives of the Bamburi Beach Management Unit and the Jomo Kenyatta Business Community
  • An initiative implemented under the Pwani Safi project, the lead is a member of lab under the Kisiwani conservation network.