Kenya: Plastic Trash Used In Construction Materials

Kenya

Gilbert Ngonyo segregates plastic waste collected by the community that he will sell to Regeneration

Kenya is the home to fair numbers of sea turtles which are threatened by the tons of plastic trash and debris which washes into the sea.

But not if Sam Ngumba Ngaruiya succeeds.

Samuel quickly recognized the overwhelming litter problem in Kenya. Everywhere you look in areas where people live, there is rubbish by the sides of the street, around people’s homes, in school playgrounds, in bushes and trees, in rivers, in the sea and on the beaches.

He and his people gather up and recycle the ubiquitous plastic pollution into construction materials.

“Basically we are substituting plastic for cement,” explained Ngaruiya in an interview with Reuters. The US-trained engineer went on to explain that when the melted plastic cools, it absorbs and “squeezes” the sand, creating a compact and rather strong building material.

The idea is simple: pay locals to gather up plastic debris and pollution, and then repurpose it into useful construction materials (fence poles, roof tiles, road signs, flooring, containers, etc.).

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Developing countries invested more in green power

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Global New Investment in Renewable Energy by Region from 2004 to 2014

Bloomberg New Energy Finance reported beautiful news. Since 2013 the world develops more capacity for the generation of green electricity than there is for coal, gas and oil together!

143 GigaWatts renewables versus 141 GigaWatts fossils.

And even better: the developing countries India, Kenya and Brazil have been investing more in renewables than all OESO countries together! Read More

Hydro dam in Ethiopia will bring hunger and conflicts

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Decreasing water supply, loss of flood peaks and increasing salinity will have devastating effects on the eco system and the fish in the lake.

A hydro dam in Ethiopia will have enormous consequences for Lake Turkana in Kenya: the largest desert lake in the world. Experts fear that the lake will change into a desert.

This summer the Gilgel Gibe 3 dam will close the River Omo.

The first two (out of ten), turbines will start and fill the reservoir.

By 2016, the dam will be fully operational. Read More

Excellent Development – ‘Sand Dams’ in Kenya

Excellent works with community self-help groups in semi-arid Africa to improve their environment sustainably. Effective soil and water conservation enable improved water supply, food security, health and incomes. Find out more about Sand Dams here:

Good News: Kenya connects 1 million people to the grid

Kenya is expected to grow by 5% this year, with a boosted power supply expected to attract an increased pool of investors into the East African country

Kenya is expected to grow by 5% this year, with a boosted power supply expected to attract an increased pool of investors into the East African country

About one million Kenyans will be connected to the national grid in the present fiscal year, starting July 2014. Kenya Power added 443,000 new customers to its grid in the last fiscal year. Most of its new customers are the rural dwellers. The needed infrastructure is already in place. Read More

Biogas system transfers soil into gas and electricity for African farmers

 

Plastic Biogas system Sim Gas Holland

The first 1,55 installations are operational in Tanzania and Kenya. By the end of 2014 that must be 5,000.
SimGas starts trial runs in Rwanda and India. Within 5 years they expect to deliver in 10 African and Asian countries.

Like many subtropical regions, farmers in the Sub-Saharan – Africa – depend primarily on wood for energy. 

Biogas is particularly well suited to meet household energy needs in Sub-Saharan Africa, while simultaneously improving both soil conditions and household sanitation. 

 

These systems will spark a revolution in the biogas business in (sub)tropical regions by providing unique, off-the-shelf biogas solutions.

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Bujagali hydropower plant in Uganda

The 250-MW Bujagali hydropower plant in Uganda demonstrates that large-scale private power infrastructure projects can be built successfully in Africa. This is the first power project built in Uganda to secure private financing.

Interconnection with Kenya

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Water for the Urban Poor

WSUP supplies water for the poor

WSUP supplies water for the poor

Every five seconds, the world’s urban population increases by 10 people. Everyone needs access to clean water and sanitation, putting a huge pressure on city service agencies. In response, Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor has turned the traditional charity model on its head by developing commercially-viable models to bring water and sanitation to communities in urban slums. Read More

How do you greet another in other countries

In one country, you have to give someone a gentle handshake. In another country two kisses. This video from ‘Business Insider’ gives us an insight of the use of a number of countries.