Briquettes-making project out of human waste shortlisted for global funding award
SEE ALSO :Sonko promises Sh28b recycling plantAccording to Nawassco’s Communication Officer Grace Abubu, the project run by the water firm’s subsidiary company, Nawascoal, is among 25 entries shortlisted from 845 applications. Once human waste is collected from households, by sewerage exhauster trucks, it is ferried to a site where it is dried, mixed with sawdust and converted into carbon. The project is expected to solve water pollution in Lake Nakuru, part of it blamed on poor sewerage disposal. The process will also solve sanitation challenges. “Through innovative ways, the waste is turned into briquettes,” said Nawassco’s Managing Director John Ng’ang’a. Applications for this year’s competition were drawn from 100 countries. The shortlisted projects are drawn from Europe, Asia, Africa and North and South America and covered areas such as recycling waste, controlling plastics from getting into oceans, efficient storage of renewable energy and combating water scarcity. Five finalists will be announced in mid-August, and will then pitch their business plans to a panel of judges in Amsterdam, Netherlands on September 13, where the winner will be announced.