Bamburi Cement partners with Vivo Energy Kenya on safe disposal of waste oil


Bamburi Cement partners with Vivo Energy Kenya on safe disposal of waste oil

…Kenya currently grappling with over 60million litres of waste oil annually


Nairobi, 26th September 2019- 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.  Co-processing offers a superior environment solution due to the high temperatures involved. Additionally, excess oxygen and long residence time completely destroys waste material leaving no residue. The process is considered one of the most environmentally friendly ways of disposing of waste oil.


Waste oil, if not well controlled and managed, can be misused to adulterate fuel or be recycled and sold as contraband lubricants. Such actions have a devastating economic impact to the society and oil marketers.


Shell service stations across Kenya currently collect approximately 20,000 litres of waste oil per month. Coordination of these collections at all service stations is a logistical challenge. The partnership with Geocycle, will make collection easier, due to their efficiency, reliability and accountability in record keeping of all the waste oil collected and safely disposed.


Vivo Energy Kenya’s Managing Director, Joe Muganda, speaking during the event, said: “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.”

Vivo Energy Kenya has contracted a transporter and trained both the drivers and Geocycle staff operatives on safe handling of waste oil. Vivo Energy Kenya has also supplied Shell service stations with 200 litre drums for storage of waste oil, prior to collection. There will be daily updates on collection done and a monthly report on volumes collected with Geocycle providing disposal certificates to Vivo Energy Kenya.


Speaking during the event to rollout an awareness campaign on safe waste oil disposal at Shell service stations countrywide, Bamburi Cement Managing Director Seddiq Hassani said: “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.


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


“The oil and gas industry has a social responsibility to ensure that hazardous waste is managed safely from "cradle-to-grave" in order to conserve the environment and mitigate against its adverse impacts on health, safety as well as damage to machinery. The positive impacts of safe waste oil disposal have been largely realized following our partnership with Geocycle (Bamburi) in the last two years through the SWOD initiative mainly in Nairobi. We are looking forward to scaling-up its usage across the country through a sensitization and awareness workshop to be held on the 3rd of October 2019 particularly to showcase the value and importance of the SWOD program to other industry stakeholders”. Said Ayuma Vivienne, Business Analyst at Petroleum Institute of East Africa (PIEA).


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 Mr 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.



For more information please contact:

Angela Munyua

Communications Manager

Vivo Energy Kenya

+254 715 828427



Janet Ruto- Migeri

Business Development Manager


Tel: No. 0702907748






Anthony Mutua of Redhouse PR 0720721095 /





Notes to editors

About Bamburi Cement

Bamburi Cement Limited, a subsidiary of LafargeHolcim, and is the leading cement manufacturing and marketing Company in the Eastern Africa region, having been operational for 63 years. It has three subsidiaries Hima Cement Ltd (Uganda), Bamburi Special Products Ltd and Lafarge Ecosystems Ltd.

More information is available on Bamburi Cement Group website

LafargeHolcim is the leading global building materials and solutions company serving masons, builders, architects and engineers all over the world. The Group is organized in four business segments – Cement, Aggregates, Ready-mix Concrete and Solutions & Products – and is a partner for clients ranging from affordable housing and small, local projects to the biggest, most technically and architecturally challenging infrastructure projects. As urbanization increasingly impacts people and the planet, the Group provides innovative products and building solutions with a clear commitment to social and environmental sustainability. With leading positions in all regions, LafargeHolcim employs around 80,000 employees in more than 80 countries and has a portfolio that is equally balanced between developing and mature markets.

More information is available on LafargeHolcim website: 




With a vision to become Africa’s most respected energy business Vivo Energy Kenya, the company that distributes and markets Shell-branded fuels and lubricants, was established in 2012. The Shell brand has been in Kenya since 1900.


Vivo Energy Kenya has a fuels storage capacity of 87,625 m³ and 178 service stations, with many offering Shell Cards and convenience retail stores.


Vivo Energy Kenya employs 204 people. The company is recognised as a leader in the oil industry, championing and setting standards for safety.


Vivo Energy operates and markets its products in countries across North, West, East and Southern Africa. The Group has a network of over 2,100 service stations in 23 countries operating under the Shell and Engen brands and exports lubricants to a number of other African countries. Its retail offering includes fuels, lubricants, card services, shops, restaurants and other non-fuel services. It provides fuels, lubricants and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) to business customers across a range of sectors including marine, mining, construction, power, transport, and manufacturing. Jet fuel is sold to customers under the Vitol Aviation brand.


The Company employs around 2,700 people and has access to over 1,000,000 cubic metres of fuel storage capacity. The Group's joint venture, Shell and Vivo Lubricants B.V., sources, blends, packages and supplies Shell-branded lubricants at plants in six countries.


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