Sanergy, Amitruck partner for sustainable cities and waste upcycling
Sanergy and Amitruck have built together an end-to-end value chain network of operations and efficient logistics that collect, treat and convert two streams of waste.
June 04, 2021: On World Environment Day (June 05), Sanergy and Amitruck have built together an end-to-end value chain network of operations and efficient logistics that collect, treat and convert two streams of waste. The sanitation waste generated in low-income informal settlements with inadequate sanitation services as well as kitchen and agricultural waste from restaurants, market places and agricultural pack houses; building a new model for city’s resilience through circular organic waste management.
Partnering with Amitruck, Sanergy removes more than 12,000 tonnes of waste every year, and upcycles it into end-products such as organic fertiliser, insect-based protein for animal feed and biomass briquettes used as clean fuel. This circular economy solution addresses multiple challenges: environmental pollution by sanitation waste that is improperly disposed of, low agricultural yields due to declining soil fertility and increasing GHG emissions from open dumping of waste.
“We are excited to be pioneering a sustainable waste management solution that benefits the people and economy, and restores our ecosystem. Our next big goal is to expand here in Nairobi, and then replicate our model across Kenya and Africa,” Michael Lwoyelo, managing director, Sanergy said.
In addition, innovative logistics solutions for waste collection, using Amitruck’s digital marketplace of vehicles and drivers, more effectively managing fleets and the transport of goods, are accelerating the transition to more sustainable cities.
The two partners are noticeably impacting the economy and the society, with Sanergy having created more than 2,000 direct and indirect jobs, whilst Amitruck hired more than 5,000 drivers over two years thanks to innovative digital models.
Mark Mwangi, Amitruck CEO declared, "With more than 5,000 drivers, we are proud to be partnering with Sanergy and its community to enable a circular economy benefiting the environment, health, people and greener cities. Thanks to its innovative digital marketplace, Amitruck accelerates the transition to more sustainable logistics, allowing existing fleets of vehicles to be used a lot more efficiently for positive impact".
While there are impeccable successes in Nairobi, Sanergy and Amitruck believe that scaling and replicating the closed loop circular economy approach in other cities in Kenya and beyond is key to strengthen fragile systems such as waste management, production of agriculture inputs and to build resilient cities where residents are healthy and prosperous.