Kisii County has been experiencing challenges in Solid Waste Management, mainly attributed to the increasing amount of solid waste induced by the rapid urbanization. Inadequate rules and regulations have also been contributing to the poor waste management situation and County authorities have been lacking a scheduled waste collection and transport system. Additionally, the youth unemployment rate has been approximately 60% in Kisii County.
The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-Habitat, is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all. Thus, the purpose of this programme was to:
- Conduct rapid assessment on current solid waste management status in Kisii Town
- Develop a long term solid waste management strategy based on the rapid assessment that includes the waste generation projection
- Build a pilot plastic recycling workshop and conduct plastic waste recycling for youth employment and empowerment.
These activities were achieved through collaboration between UN-HABITAT, Kisii County government and Kisii Youth groups and funded by the Government of Kenya.
Related Sustainable Development Goals
Donors and partners
All interventions were planned and executed together with Kisii County Government, which was also actively involved in the development of the long-term strategy as well as youth groups mobilization, e.g. through workshops.