Mitigating climate change by educating communities in informal settlements about organic waste management strategies through a radio campaign.
Organic waste which contributes to climate change by emitting greenhouse gasses makes up 60% of waste generated in Nairobi by volume. Informal settlements have been excluded from garbage collection services by both public and private waste collectors largely due to their informal nature, resulting in residents employing waste disposal mechanisms hazardous to human health and the environment. This project seeks to create awareness and educate communities living in informal settlements about waste management through a radio campaign with a focus on domestic organic waste. This campaign will be in collaboration with the private sector, CBOs and NGOs. The radio programmes will provide a platform for these organisations, together with government representatives and development partners, to educate communities in the informal settlements about waste management and waste management strategies, including waste segregation. It is envisioned that the radio programs will result in a better understanding by the communities on the importance of waste management and organic waste management strategies. The communities will benefit financially from selling the organic waste collected or from using it to make organic fertilizer for commercial or organic kitchen gardening. Overall, it is expected that the campaign will result in a change of behavior by the communities on organic waste management and disposal. Communities segregating and aggregating their organic waste for conversion to organic fertilizer, biogas and animal feed will reduce the amount of organic waste going into dumpsites, and ultimately the amount of greenhouse gas emissions from organic waste.