Who We Are Kamongo Waste Paper was founded in 1990. Kamongo started with one van collecting Waste Cardboard from Street collectors, supermarkets, printing and packaging companies. The business grew over the years to processing and baling cardboard. It started with hand presses and progressed into 1992 to fully automated press baling all types of material. Twenty years ago Kamongo Waste Paper collected waste paper and produced twenty tons per week. Today with collections and deliveries approximately four thousand tons of paper and cardboard is processed and handled monthly. The family run business offers customer service that differs little from that it offered over forty years ago. Technological advances mean that nowadays our service is far more efficient and increasingly environmentally friendly.
Kamongo Makes an IMPACT Kamongo has made an impact on employment and livelihood creation, pollution reduction, energy and resource conservation. The paper industry is a major contributor to air and water pollution, but recycled paper reduces water pollution by 35% and air pollution by 74%. Recycling paper contributes to reduction of tree cutting, saving of energy, and uses less water than manufactured paper. Paper recycling has also created 3000 fulltime jobs in Kenya, as well as giving others the opportunity to make a business out of collecting and selling waste paper and transportation. This contributes to the livelihood in slums, where most waste paper is collected. Devji proposed that the government and other stakeholders promote and educate the public on the various advantages of recycled materials.
How Recycling Helps Recycling different products will help the environment. For example, we know that paper comes from trees and many trees are being cut down just to produce paper. By recycling it, we can help lessen the number of trees that are cut down. Products made from raw materials that came from our natural resources should be recycled so that we can help preserve the environment. It takes less energy to process recycled materials than to process virgin materials. For example, it takes a lot less energy to recycle paper than to create new paper from trees. The energy from transporting virgin materials from the source is also saved. Saving energy also has its own benefits like decreasing pollution. This creates less stress on own health and our economy.