Why dismantling city ‘garbage cartels’ is an uphill task

Garbage at the Muthurwa Market on March 9, 2020. Despite efforts to clean up the town, it appears the city county government is unable to keep up with the rate at which Nairobians dispose of their garbage. PHOTO | DENNIS ONSONGO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • In 2014, a gunfight between rival gangs over a truckful of garbage left two dead in Donholm.
  • Some of the ‘garbage cartels’ are managed by elected and nominated county leaders, who operate illegal dumpsites.
  • Nairobi generates about 2,500 tonnes of solid waste from about 900,000 households daily.

Two incidents in the last decade exposed the mafia-like underworld that is the city’s garbage collection industry.


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