Managing solid waste remains a nightmare for Nairobi County

What you need to know:

  • City officials have acknowledged that they don’t have the capacity to handle the garbage generated daily, and efforts to get private firms to help have borne little fruit.
  • Scientists, led by a lecturer at the University of Nairobi’s Department of Chemistry, Prof Shem Wandiga, have warned of increased air pollution in Nairobi if the dumpsite is not closed down.
  • Strategic partnerships will rope in CBOs and private service providers to clear the accumulated waste. In addition, CBOs will be brought to work under one umbrella group, and only those that have the means to hire vehicles to transport waste will be registered.

That Nairobi city cannot cope with its solid waste is incontestable. A walk along a few city streets or estates is proof that the city is chocking in its own garbage. In fact, the county government has acknowledged that the rate at which the city’s residents are generating solid waste exceeds its capacity to manage it. According to Nairobi Governor Dr Evans Kidero, the city produces 1,700 tonnes of solid waste daily, which City Hall simply cannot handle.

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