NAIROBI, Kenya, Sept 26 – Bamburi Cement, through its waste management division Geocycle, has partnered with Vivo Energy Kenya to collect and safely dispose waste oil from Shell service stations across the country and Vivo Energy’s commercial customers.
Geocycle will employ globally accepted waste management systems by utilizing Bamburi Cement kilns to dispose of waste oil through co-processing.
According to Vivo Energy Kenya’s Managing Director Joe Muganda, Shell service stations across Kenya currently collect approximately 20,000 litres of waste oil per month but coordination of these collections at all service stations is a logistical challenge.
“Environmental protection is a key pillar of sustainability at Vivo Energy. The partnership with Geocycle to ensure waste oil does not find its way back to the environment is a step in the right direction,” Muganda said.
Bamburi Cement Managing Director Seddiq Hassani says the deal with Vivo is part of Bamburi’s mission to sign up more partnerships in disposal of various types of waste that include industrial, agricultural and pharmaceutical waste.
“Bamburi is excited about this partnership which contributes to our sustainable development goals. We hope it will assist in removing all the waste oil in the market, which somehow finds its way back as counterfeit and recycled products, which is harmful to the users and environment,” Hassani said.
Bamburi Cement entered into a broader contract with oil marketers through the Petroleum Institute of East Africa and launched the Safe Waste Oil Disposal initiative (SWOD) which is now fully operational and endorsed by the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA). The initiative targets all oil marketers, car manufacturers and dealers, big transporters and small garages, and seeks to provide an avenue for safe disposal of waste oil
As part of the deal, Geocycle does collection and safe disposal of the waste oil, while PIEA, through its members, pays for the logistics to carry out the exercise effectively. “Bamburi is looking at more partnerships in disposal of various types of waste – from industrial, agricultural and pharmaceutical waste – as we work to contribute to environmental conservation as part of our sustainability ambitions,” said Hassani.
“Our goal is to have zero waste oil in the market by making sure all the waste oil is effectively disposed through co-processing and since the launch of SWOD three years ago, we have collected and disposed over 1,500,000 litres of waste oil from various oil marketers.”