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 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.
twitter, instagram Tools:
#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.
How It Works:
List of References : NaiLitter Reads ( google docs )