Toilet Service Offers Sanitation and Clean Fuel

Sanivation delivers clean and efficient sanitation services to urbanizing communities in East Africa, while also treating waste to produce clean-burning fuel.

Sanivation installs modern container-based toilets in homes of urbanizing communities in Kenya. Installation is free, with the company charging a small monthly fee to service the toilets. Then, instead of dumping the waste, it is treated and combined with agricultural waste at the company’s processing plant and transformed into clean-burning charcoal briquettes. Sanivation’s re-subscription rate for their toilets is more than 90%. According to the company, their briquettes outperform traditional charcoal and save 88 trees for every ton sold.
By addressing the full sanitation value chain, the company helps people in urbanizing communities throughout Kenya live a modern and healthy life. Sanivation licenses its model to refugee camps, helping to meet the growing demand for locally deployable sanitation services.

Relevance of solution

Globally 2.4 billion people lack access to a decent toilet,1 and 90% of human waste is disposed into the environment before being treated.2  This has caused diarrheal disease to be the second-leading cause of death for children under five.3 Sanivation addresses all of these challenges by offering clean sanitation services and turning waste into clean-burning fuel.

Triple Bottom Line


Sanivation provides a clean alternative to charcoal, the production of which is a leading cause of forest degradation across the world.4 


Sanivation’s briquettes offer a safe alternative to charcoal, which, along with other dirty fuels, is responsible for 2 million deaths annually.5 


According to Sanivation, customers who switch to their briquettes save up to 15% on their monthly fuel costs because of improved performance and efficiency.


  1. UN. “World Toilet Day.” (Undated)
  2. UNEP & UN Habitat. “Sick Water.” (2010)
  3. WHO. “Diarrhoeal Disease.” (2016)
  4. Kissinger G, Herold M, De Sy V. ”Drivers of Deforestation and Forest Degradation.” (2012)
  5. WHO. “Air Pollution.” (2016)
  6. Photo © Courtesy of Sanivation ()