Fair Recycling: An Inclusive and Formalised Plastic Recycling Ecosystem in Kenya

One of the major challenges in Kenya’s waste and recycling sector is that the urban waste is either not collected and recycled at all, or it is collected by waste pickers who are perceived as outcasts and live in poverty, under poor working conditions, without any options to escape. At the same time, the 500.000 registered refugees, hosted by Kenya, generally face substantial barriers to access employment opportunities. The low income of waste pickers and the plastic waste challenge in areas hosting refugees are closely connected. Both are a result of low-value chain efficiency, limited value addition and a lack of formal organisation.

The Danish Refugee Council (DRC), in partnership with Unilever and Mr Green, aim to integrate informal and marginalised waste pickers and refugees in Kenya, to a formalised plastics recycling value chain. By implementing innovative and financially sustainable impact-interventions in the value chain, the “Fair Recycling” project will contribute to safer working conditions, increased income and decent jobs, and drive the tranisition to a localised circular plastic economy.

Administrative Partner Danish Refugee Council (DRC)
Key Commercial Partner Unilever Kenya Ltd.
Other Partners Mr Green Trading Africa (Kenya) Ltd.
Country Kenya
Sector Circular economy
Open / Closed Open
Duration July 2021 - July 2024
Approval Year 2020