Youth group U-Tena edu-taining 300+ Mukuru, Nairobi youth during Sanergy's Earth Day Celebration

Youth group U-Tena edu-taining 300+ youth during Sanergy’s Earth Day Celebration                  in Mukuru, Nairobi

Sanergy brought Earth Day back to its 1970 roots this week with a teach-in at HOPE Worldwide, highlighting the links between environmental degradation and human health for an audience of 300+ Mukuru, Nairobi youth.

In Mukuru current sanitation solutions pose not only human health risks, but environmental threats, too. Pit latrines overflow into the environment during the rainy season, and other toilets funnel untreated waste directly into waterways. Evidence of plastic bag “flying toilets” litter the landscape.

A toilet emptying untreated waste into a river in Nairobi, Kenya with evidence of open defecation in the foreground

A toilet emptying untreated waste into a river in Nairobi, Kenya with evidence of open defecation in the foreground

At Sanergy, we work to keep our Earth clean – even in one of the toughest environments on Earth. Every single day, our Fresh Life Frontline team visits each Fresh Life Toilet to collect the full cartridges of waste, which are carted back to our Waste Management Center. So far, we have safely removed over 500 tons of waste from the environment. This is waste that would have otherwise been dumped into waterways.

We then convert the waste from a potential threat into valuable resources, such as organic fertilizer and renewable energy.

Our locally produced organic fertilizer supplies Kenyan soil with nutrients, balances soil pH, supports microorganisms, and improves the soil’s ability to aerate and retain water.  In contrast, synthetic fertilizers, which dominate the East African market right now, are imported long distances from India, Norway, and Turkey, which leads to high prices for Kenyan farmers and the extensive use of fossil fuels for transport.

A view of the Sanergy Waste Management Center, where waste is converted into fertilizer

A view of the Sanergy Waste Management Center, where waste is converted into fertilizer

We are experimenting with the capture and conversion of greenhouse gases into renewable energy. Carbon dioxide and methane gases are generated by human waste, and when released into the atmosphere contribute to climate change. Our biogas digester converts these gases into biogas and electricity.

The Sanergy biodigester, located within the Waste Management Center

The Sanergy biodigester, located within the Waste Management Center

Our corporate environmental values are intentionally infused into every aspect of our operations. We are proud to be contributing to clean water, fertile soil, a safe climate, and an empowered citizenry. This Earth Day we celebrate the collective power of our Fresh Life Operators and team members, who through their passion and commitment are securing a healthy planet for future generations.

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