As the World Environment Day approaches, two East African innovators, Sanergy and Amitruck, have announced combining forces in a bid to tackle the challenge of how cities manage their wastes effectively.
The two entities have built an end-to-end value chain network of operations and efficient logistics that collect, treat, and convert two streams of waste: sanitation waste generated in low-income informal settlements with inadequate sanitation services as well as kitchen and agricultural waste from restaurants, market places, and agricultural pack houses; building a new model for city’s resilience through circular organic waste management.
This circular economy solution addresses multiple challenges: environmental pollution by sanitation waste that is improperly disposed of, low agricultural yields due to declining soil fertility and increasing GHG emissions from open dumping of waste.
In addition, innovative logistics solutions for waste collection, using Amitruck’s digital marketplace of vehicles and drivers, more effectively managing fleets and the transport of goods, are accelerating the transition to more sustainable cities.
The two partners are noticeably impacting the economy and the society, with Sanergy having created more than 2,000 direct and indirect jobs, whilst Amitruck hired more than 5,000 drivers over two years thanks to innovative digital models.
Sanergy declares: “We are excited to be pioneering a sustainable waste management solution that benefits the people and economy, and restores our ecosystem. Our next big goal is to expand here in Nairobi, and then replicate our model across Kenya and Africa,” Michael Lwoyelo, Sanergy Managing Director.
Mark Mwangi, Amitruck CEO declares “With more than 5,000 drivers, we are proud to be partnering with Sanergy and its community to enable a circular economy benefiting the Environment, Health, People and Greener cities. Thanks to its innovative digital marketplace, Amitruck accelerates the transition to more sustainable logistics, allowing existing fleets of vehicles to be used a lot more efficiently for Positive Impact”.
While there are impeccable successes in Nairobi, Kenya, Sanergy and Amitruck believe that scaling and replicating the closed-loop circular economy approach in other cities in Kenya and beyond is key to strengthen fragile systems such as waste management, production of agriculture inputs and building resilient cities where residents are healthy and prosperous.