Background

Introduction

The Community Cooker Foundation (CCF) is a Kenyan based charity that promotes sustainable waste management by encouraging institutions, people and communities to incinerate their rubbish in Community Cookers to clean up the environment, save trees, improve health, and create employment and value. The Foundation is an initiative by Planning Systems Services Ltd. in Nairobi, Kenya, established in 2010, with the goal of using the Community Cooker to turn rubbish into safe, clean and cheap energy,

The Community Cooker is an innovative yet practical waste-to-energy technology that has tremendous potential for environmental, economic and social change in low resource settings around the world, its basic principle: The community collects and burns rubbish to generate low cost heat that can be used for cooking, baking, heating and boiling water.

The Community Cooker Foundation was set up with a role of improving the efficiency and design of this technology, promote its uses, and educate the public regarding safe and responsible methods of incinerating rubbish for energy production.

1990:

Jim Archer recognized the increasing environmental problem around Kenya.In the early 1990s, Jim Archer (Director of Planning Systems Ltd. and Planning Project Management Ltd.) recognized rubbish as a never-ending resource to produce energy if processed responsibly.

With Mumo Musuva (Managing Director of Planning Systems Services Ltd.) he began to develop designs for a very simple, inexpensive rubbish burner which could also serve as a stove for cooking.

2008:

First Community Cooker prototype completed.With initial seed capital of US $10,000 through UNEP and coupled with funding from other institutions, the first prototype model of the Community Cooker was constructed in 2008 in one of Africa’s largest slums, Kibera.

2010:

Community Cooker passed emission test and reached EPA standard.

In November 2010 the Community Cooker Foundation was established. The Foundation now consists of a board of trustees, a secretariat and a committee who make decisions about future Community Cooker developments.

The Foundation also manages a wide range of volunteers, who assist in promoting the Community Cooker.