Our member, Trash Thread Textiles (T3) on Monday, December 11th set up a waste aggregation Centre along Kangundo road, Umoja. This becomes their third waste aggregation centre in Kenya that will serve as a holding and sorting area for plastic waste brought in by waste pickers, to be transported to T3’s Athi River facility for recycling.
The facility has a waste compression machine that wraps the plastic waste into bales, allowing more plastic waste to be transported to T3’s Athi River facility in fewer trips. Saving on transport costs means that T3 could offer a highly competitive price to the waste pickers on the grounds, improving their livelihoods.
The facility is a source of livelihood for about 100 people, both directly and indirectly. T3’s focus on the empowerment of the community and their workers makes them a unique recycling organization.
The center is a critical step forward in our commitment to expanding PET recycling efforts, and we commend T3 for making it easier for the waste pickers to deliver landfill-bound plastic waste. As our partners, their efforts reflect our shared commitment to environmental sustainability and economic development.