Circular Economy Solid Waste Management Approach for Urban Areas

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Sector Waste
Focus area Solid waste management
Type of action Strategy/Policy
Scope National
Stage Under development
Submitted to UNFCCC registry No
Start of initiative 2016
Financing and support details
Financing status Seeking financing
Total cost US$ 39 mln
Financing requested US$ 39 mln
Financing received to-date US$ 0 mln
Principal source of financing Multilateral
Principal type of financing Grant
Capacity building required Unknown
Technology transfer required Unknown
Additional information
Proponent(s) Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, UNDP Low Emission Capacity Building (LECB) Programme
International funder(s)
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Organization providing technical support
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The objective of the NAMA is to promote an alternative to the existing waste value chain in Kenya. The rationale behind this NAMA is that the waste sector in Kenya faces numerous challenges and Nairobi, for example, produces around 2,400 tons of waste every day, of which only 38% is collected and less than 10% recycled. The remaining 62% is left on illegal dumpsites and next to houses or burned, causing severe health and environmental problems.

Activities: (2016 - 2030)
Instead of waste being collected for disposal only, the NAMA facilitates the diversion of 90% of collected waste away from disposal sites and towards various recycling practices. It also aims to create multiple links currently missing in the value chain: recycling points, where waste will be sorted for subsequent recycling; and composting facilities, for the organic waste treatment. The NAMA will research and operationalize new recycling technologies as well as strengthen existing recycling industries. This will include conversion of organic waste to insect based protein, terra-preta production (enriching compost with waste-based charcoal), using residual waste for cement kilns, and a study on the treatment of hazardous waste fractions.

The NAMA will be carried out in two phases:

  • Years 1-5: infrastructure development phase
  • Years 6-15: full-scale operations phase

So far, successful pilot models have already been tested by SMEs in Nairobi.

Impact and MRV

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Cumulative GHG reductions: 0.8 MtCO2e
Mitigative capacity:

No information has been provided on mitigative capacity


Social: * improved safety
  • improved health conditions for the communities
Economic: * job creation in the sector (expected to add 1600 jobs to the economy)
Environmental: * reduced emissions

MRV Framework:
No MRV plan has been defined


Approximately USD 25 million is to be funded by international finance (USD 13 million in grants and USD 12 million in loans), while the Kenyan government will fund USD10 million in grants and the private sector will invest USD 4 million.