Kidero Responds To Nairobi Garbage Pile Up Cries

(Last Updated On: December 29, 2015)

There has been a major garbage pile up around the city of Nairobi roads and sometimes in some parts of the CBD. City Hall is responsible for the collection of garbage and has blamed El Nino rains for the massive pile up.

The River Road Sheikh Karume junction

The River Road Sheikh Karume junction

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The environment department operations manager said the rains made it hard to access the Dandora dumpsite and has led to limited number of trips the trucks can make drop from at least two trips to just one trip a day. Governor Evans Kidero has quickly responded to the criticism on main stream media and social media. He posted this on Facebook

I am aware of the sudden deteriorating environmental situation and equally disturbed about it as your fellow Nairobian. Solid waste is a major challenge in African cities. This situation is exacerbated because most residents have not adapted to good practice as they dump waste anywhere and anyhow therefore complicating the management of solid waste and collection.

Nairobi’s over three million residents generate over 2,000 metric tonnes of waste every day, a figure that is expected to grow to 3,900 tonnes by 2030 in the wake of increased urbanization. It is therefore imperative that proper infrastructure is put in place both for waste collection and management of the disposal site in order to counter the eminent challenges of urbanization.

I have with immediate effect directed my County Executive for Environment, Evans Ondieki and his Chief Officer, Dr Leah Oyake and the Environment team to ensure waste and litter within Nairobi City and its environs is cleared within the next three days. Yesterday evening and in the coming days the Nairobi City County Environment teams continue to clean various parts of the City. In the long term the phased implementation of integrated solid waste Masterplan is designed to systematically address the challenges that are being encountered at the moment.

When I was elected the first Governor of Nairobi City my mandate was to bring sanity to the city’s challenges. Solving these after almost 50 years of neglect is never going to be achieved overnight but I can assure you that it will be done. I would also like to urge all Nairobi residents on the need to litter and dispose solid waste responsibly as we seek to make Nairobi the shining city in the sun you know it can be.

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