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#NaiLitter explores power of Social Media and Art by mapping littering patterns and informing the public on their actions through public art

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In 2014 Sifa Safi lead Six cleanups at a local  food Market Wakulima market, one of the largest fresh food markets in the city. These exercises were conducted in partnership with the city council and students clubs from a local university, city council officials assigned us a section of the market to clean. Throughout the cleanup it was evident that the traders at the market were responsible for the littering and even though a waste management plan  was in place the adoption rates were low. Each time we cleaned up this section of the market we found it in 'a poorer state'. This was worrying because we were working under an assumption that if we demonstrated to the traders that 15 -20 people working under 1hr are able to cleanup the market the trades would adopte this model and run with it. Unfortunately that wasn't the case, we later learnt that when waste (which is largely organic/ food waste) piled up and the space wasn't accessible to a trader to work, he would payoff someone to cleanup( $2 for a 2 by 2 meter space). 

A strategy redraft was needed we had to rethink our activities at market. Along the way other groups had also adopted the market and were holding cleanups on a regular basis as a cool to do activity so "the traders were covered" then. That's when the #Nailitter thought hatched. We have groups willing to volunteer for cleanups and we have these areas that are notorious known garbage hotspots. What if we could have these activities that sought to highlight littering prone areas and understand what are the drives of this habit? How might we make community members own up to these public spaces?

#NaiLitter Now

Nailitter is a "social experiment"  as a solution for littering in the city, its a tool used to map out littering hotspots in the city of Nairobi and react to them as in the vision of Sifasafi “Providing sustainable solutions for cities in Africa and beyond”. #Nailitter is a social approach to solving littering problem in the city of Nairobi which is a social/behavioural problem.

The objective of #Nailitter is to help stop littering and a tool for better city management by the concerned parties like city county of Nairobi to create awareness on littering as they map garbage prone areas.

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#Nailitter raises awareness on city littering with the aim of solving city littering menace by inhabitants caused by social behavioural adaptations ,Mapping litter to enable informed decisions in managing littering in the city.

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List of References :  NaiLitter Reads ( google docs ) 

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The experiment is ongoing we have had a learning year and are looking forward to testing this at scale - Piecing up the entire #NaiLitter experience which involves hosting art installation in these public spaces and social media campaigns to sensitize city residents on waste management best practices. Help is needed in strategy for activation of these experiences and reaching out to possible partners who might invest in making these activities successful and impactful for us to achieve purpose

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with Eastleigh and Juja Road being most affected.
“We have been facing the challenge of cartels for a long
time. The wars between them cast a negative light on any
efforts we have made in ensuring the city is clean,” said Mr

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