Nairobi-based logistics firm Amitruck has inked a new waste management deal with Sanergy that will see the two firms join forces to gather, treat and transform waste into first-rate commodities that will help Kenyan cities grow sustainably.
The deal will focus specifically on collecting, treating, and converting waste from informal settlements with inadequate sanitation services and agronomic waste from marketplaces and restaurants. The partnership took effect on June 5, 2021 (World Environment Day).
“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,” said Mark Mwangi, Amitruck CEO.
On average, both firms collect and convert approximately 12,000 tonnes of waste into useful materials such as organic fertilizer, animal feeds and biomass briquettes every year. The two firms have for years now boosted the country’s economy by jointly creating around 7000 direct and indirect jobs. By creating more opportunities for Kenyan citizens, the new deal should in retrospect continue to augment Kenya’s economy which is gradually recovering from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“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,” said Michael Lwoyelo, Sanergy Managing Director.
In April, Amitruck signed a strategic partnership with e-commerce platform Sky.Garden to form an end-to-end digital chain for goods pick-up and deliveries. The partnership was poised to enable more than 6,000 business-to-business clients to keep their business alive and maintain jobs across the industries that they support.
“As startup and innovation culture deepens on the continent, the explosion of tech hubs across Africa has turned into an opportunity for economies to scale, despite lockdowns that are resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. This alliance will aim to keep economic and social chains alive and create growth which requires teamwork, partnerships, and technology to create a better Africa,” Mr. Mwangi said in a statement then.