80% of ocean based waste is made of plastic
Sam Ngaruiya established his company, Regeneration Environmental Services to provide a community based collection system, adopt a logistics of waste collection and manufacture quality eco-construction products.
The plastic waste collected from the beach and cities is mixed with sand and other ingredients to make long lasting, quality side-walk pavers, bollards, road signage and fencing posts. Regeneration Environmental Services in turn has provided an economic demand for plastic waste which has resulted to a cleaner environment, more job opportunities and beautification of the streets and side-walk in the coastal city of Malindi.
Tourism sector experienced a 70% drop due to poor management of urban areas
The poor management of the urban areas, consistent dirty city combined with global economic pressure and insecurity contributed to tourism dropping by 70%, international residents departing and multiple large hotels closing. The quaint historical town of Malindi was slowly turning into a nightmare.
When Regeneration Environmental Services was established in 2013, there was no effective waste collection system. This internationally renowned resort city produced over 12 tonnes of garbage a week. This contained household waste which was stored in small and large polythene bags. These are usually thrown into open areas and around waste stations. The ”temporary” dumped site affected the most affluent neighborhoods in the city.
Regeneration Environmental Services comprises a team that sorts the recyclable waste into various types and in some cases, different colors. This team predominantly comprises of ladies up to 20 per day ensuring gender equality. There is daily accounting for amount sorted by each person. The sorters are paid by the quantity of sorting.
Records of all production activities are made which include: product made, waste, lost material, repairs, and the follow-up cleaning schedule. Though the company processes a lot of waste, the company trains and supervises the team to make sure that the work space is kept clean. Routine cleaning is done throughout the day.
Other several groups have been instrumental in creating the success. Malindi Residence Development Group (a residence association) ensures all city streets signage are made from local plastic waste which has been a key contributor to success. This has provided financial support to the company. Over half of all street name signs in Malindi are made with the unique product made from the plastic waste. Other products include traffic signs and speed bumps.