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 of more than 2,500 local and regional governments committed to sustainable urban development.
Circular Development is one of the five strategic pathways of ICLEI providing guidance for sustainable urban development. ICLEI Circulars platform gathers the latest knowledge on circular economy interventions at local and regional government levels around the world, provides materials for awareness raising, offers capacity building and implementation support on circular development actions and policies, shares inspiring stories from the leading cities and facilitates peer-to-peer exchange.
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.