Visitors coming into the Nairobi National Park this Easter weekend were issued with environmentally-friendly litter bags in a bid to mop up plastics at the world famous animal sanctuary, thanks to a waste free parks initiative led by 3EsExperience Organisation.
Visitors to the park used the biodegradable bags issued to collect their litter — mainly water, food and snacks packaging used while inside the park– and disposed of it in litter bins and recycle stations at the entrance, or with some carrying them home to dispose of responsibly.
Through this, non-biodegradable plastic waste that are threat to the park ecosystem are discarded from the park.
3Es Experience in collaboration with Apex Steel Ltd, Kenya Wildlife Service and YouTube channel: Where is Vivienne? held the three-day Waste Free Park Initiative at the Nairobi National Park this Easter weekend from Friday 1st April through to Sunday 4th April. The Waste Free Park initiative is aimed at environmental conservation and wildlife protection of the Nairobi National Park ecosystem.
“The litter bags help to improve the cleanliness of the park’s environments especially ensuring no littering of non-biodegradable waste within park. Through strategic partnerships and collaborations we intend to scale up the initiative to other parks such as Tsavo,Lake Nakuru, Amboseli and Maasai Mara,” said Miss Vivienne Kemboi, the Director of 3Es Experience Organisation.
Environmental pollution through use of non-disposable waste is a global menace. Stakeholders at continental stage have developed practical solutions and policies to mitigate the diverse effects on terrestrial ecosystem.
In Kenya the government banned the Single Use Plastic in a move to conserve the environment. However, enforcement of the policy in the public spaces is still a giant challenge. On our end, we support the implementation process by providing solutions and alternatives to compliment the government efforts hence, the Waste Free Park Initiative.
“In order to reach all the 36 national parks and reserves, we are calling for other like-minded partners to join this noble initiative to make this planet better. This will not only keep our environment safe for survival, but boost the capacity and capability of our parks as source foreign income,” said Miss Kemboi.
Impact of the Waste Free Park Initiative at the Nairobi National Park- Easter weekend
The Waste Free Park Initiative during the 3 days of the Easter weekend had significant impact. Over 231 man hours were put the ground by the team in distribution the litter bags, collection of feedback and sensitization of the general public on matters related to Environmental Conservation and Wildlife Protection. The team has worked for 13 weekends where some would be on the ground from as early as 6.00 a.m. to 5.00pm.
The litter bags were been distributed to over 2,000 tourist vehicles both private and tour vehicles. Over 12000 visitors and the general public have been sensitized on matters related to Environmental Conservation and Wildlife protection.