A 10 megawatt power plant is under construction in Kibra targeting to utilize the tones of solid waste from the area to generate electricity.
The project that seeks to offer a long lasting solution to the garbage menace in the area also targets to recycle waste water that would be supplied to locals for domestic use.
Kibra is one of the biggest slums in Kenya and ranks among the largest informal settlement globally.
With a population of about two million, waste disposal is one of the biggest challenges facing Kibra, making the community here susceptible to diseases more so children who often have to do with a playing field on the heap of garbage.
To offer a lasting solution to the garbage menace, Asticom, a Kenyan company that specializes in waste recycling, has secured 102 million shillings to finance construction of a 10-megawatt power plant in Kibera whose ground breaking is slated for mid this year.
Upon completion of the project the power plant is expected to supply power for residents who live within a radius of 1 kilometer.
The firm has partnered with residents to collect and sort garbage in the slum area, which is estimated at 132 tonnes daily.
The waste will first be converted into biogas and fuel ethanol.
Through the project, residents will have an opportunity to gain skills on waste management helping them earn a living from such skills.
The project has sparked environmental and health concerns but officials from County Government of Nairobi say they are keen on ensuring the waste recycling project does not make by-products that could be toxic.
The firm will also be involved with recycling waste water for domestic use.
One huge task that awaits the company is that of convincing Kibra residents that water purified from sewage is safe for drinking and use in other domestic chores.