Nairobi is one of Africa’s leading cities for the implementation of circular approaches. Through government and organisational support that afford local businesses incentives to undertake circular projects, the city has seen a growth in the adoption of circularity. Nairobi faces major waste management challenges such as health risks due to the lack of a sewer system across the city, and the illegal disposal of sewer waste. Organisations such as Sanergy, a social enterprise with investment from Finnfund and Kenyan state support, have undertaken improved solid waste management projects such as waste treatment. The group collects treat and upcycle waste with the aim of developing the largest organic recycling plant on the continent. Through their circularity based initiatives, Nairobi has begun the journey of reducing, reusing, regenerating and recycling solid waste.
About ICLEI Circulars
ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability is a global network working with more than 2500 local and regional governments committed to sustainable urban development. Active in 125+ countries, we influence sustainability policy and drive local action for low emission, nature-based, equitable, resilient and circular development.
Circular Development is one of ICLEI´s five strategic pathways towards sustainable urban development. Through the Circular Development pathway, local and regional governments decouple urban and economic development from resource consumption, encourage equitable access to resources and create closed-loop urban and peri-urban systems. They support new local economies that are productive and not extractive, where resources are exchanged and not wasted.
ICLEI Circulars is managed by the Circular Development Team at the World Secretariat (Bonn) in close collaboration with the ICLEI Regional Offices around the world.