TACKLING WASTE | CREATING JOBS
The accumulation and burning of rubbish, commercial waste and litter has become a growing problem in the Masai Mara. It is not only unpleasant to look, but is having a negative impact on the health of the people, their livestock and the wildlife living in the Greater Mara Ecosystem. Unstopped, it will affect Kenya’s top tourist destination.
The waste in the Mara is mostly comprised of plastic, glass bottles, cartons and foil packaging and netting. The common practice of burning this waste in open pits and low-grade incineration is releasing toxic substances into the air and local environment, exposing everyone to carcinogenic and hazardous chemicals, with many health consequences.
In 2017, the Sekenani Environmental Technology Community Based Organisation, in partnership with Ewangan Village, opened a waste management centre to manage waste across the Maasai Mara and provide employment. Narok County helped ensure that the Environmental Impact Assessment and licensing were in place.
We have a state-of-the-art, incinerator, the Inciner8-20A. It is ISO 900:2008 and NEMA certified and one of the best models in the world. It has a low visual impact, is solar-powered, making it highly suitable for such a sensitive rural setting. The incinerator can safely handle all the household and community waste coming from the local area including the conservancies and Lodges. The temperature in the chambers goes up to 1600oC, which means that even batteries, medical waste and aerosol cans can be safely disposed of.
We handle waste from lodges and conservancies throughout the Maasai Mara, local markets and the trading centre and local villages. The incinerator can burn 40Kg of mixed waste per hour and up to 100kg with plastic alone. So far, SETC has dealt with more than 50,000kg waste.
The 5kW installed solar energy also powers Sekenani’s IT centre and internet café to service the digital needs of the local community and businesses.
There are now 22 staff employed at the centre working on waste management, running a small café, and the ever growing digital centre. We provide training computer and environmental training and work with research and county partners to develop new ideas ranging from waste recycling to wildlife and environmental conservation.
Our latest developments include production of plastic fence posts to avoid trees from the forest being removed, paving stones for roads and patios and even plastic thread for 3-D printing. We look forward to selling Sekenani skateboards in the future!
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Sekenani lies 84km southwest on the of Narok and 270km from Nairobi. The Sekenani Gate is the gateway to the Maasai Mara Game Reserve. Sekenani Envirotech Centre is 500 metres from the main gate.
phone: +254715869956/ +254795510817/+254716397799