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The Toxic Plastic Waste Trade - a Case Study of Muoroto Slum in Mombasa, Kenya

A Case Study of Muoroto Slum in Mombasa, Kenya, by Eco Ethics Kenya provides a valuable insight into the management of plastic waste and its adverse impacts on the environment and health of those vulnerable communities, especially artisanal recyclers, who carry a disproportionate burden. This case study underpins the recommendations made by Eco Ethics Kenya for urgent action to protect the informal waste sector through better training, support and worker safety protections. While the report notes a high degree of public awareness of the dangers of plastic waste pollution in Kenya, waste management and plastic recycling infrastructure is lacking. The report urges the Kenyan government to formalise the plastic recycling sector and uphold the Basel Ban Amendment by restricting plastic waste imports.

This report meets SDG's 3, 6, 8, 9, 11, 12 and 16.

Special thanks to IPEN's Anglophone Africa Regional Coordinator, Silvani Mng'anya and IPEN's AA regional hub - Eco Ethics Kenya for investigating and reporting on this global issue and providing support and training for artisanal recyclers.

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