Ol Pejeta Pioneers E-Waste Recycling

Our mission is to become a role model for conservation – not only in Kenya, but globally too.  It means being innovative and resourceful, using what we have to get to where we want to go. Transitioning to using renewable energy sources to power the conservancy, supporting organic waste recycling and championing an integrated land use model are just some of the ways in which we strive to reach these goals.

In the last few decades, there has been a major increase in electronic waste all over the world.. Over the years, as company computers, printers and other devices on Ol Pejeta got damaged, we accumulated a vast pile of defunct electronic equipment.  This prompted us to revise our waste management strategy at the tail end of last year, and come up with a suitable way of disposing of our electronic waste.

After widespread research, we came across Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Centre – who specialize in recycling e-waste, and are based in Nairobi. We entered into an agreement with them on the collection and environmentally friendly disposal of all electronic waste on the conservancy.

On February 26th 2018, they visited the Conservancy and collected 1.7 tonnes of e-waste. This was subsequently recycled in accordance with all local and international waste disposal regulations. We expect to have regular collections of e-waste going forward, so as not to build up, once again, a similarly extensive accumulation.

As a conservancy, we aim to be recycling everything by 2020. This means that all waste on the conservancy, whether organic, plastic or electronic, will be recycled to avoid any pollution and minimize resource wastage.