Charity WasteAid is to set up a recycling centre to serve an unplanned town on Kenya.
It will use a grant from the Department for International Development (DfID) to spread recycling skills in Kwa-Muhia on the southern shore of Lake Naivasha, an internationally important wetland site.
The centre will collect waste and turn it into useful products which can be sold to generate an income. Many residents work on farms producing cut flowers sold in UK supermarkets.
Duncan Oloo, project manager with the Kwa-Muhia Environmental Group, said: “Waste is a serious problem in Kenya. This project will improve public health in the village by reducing diseases spread by uncollected rubbish, especially among young children who play on the waste dumps.
“We are reaching out to all members of the community to help us and we are working with the less advantaged to help us in our mission towards zero waste.”
WasteAid hopes to develop a low-cost model for other settlements in Kenya and elsewhere to follow.
The money comes from UK Aid Direct, a five-year, £150m fund managed by DfID to support the UK’s commitments to achieve global sustainable development goals.