Coun­ties to be ranked on how well they man­age solid waste

Poor waste man­age­ment has hurt the en­vi­ron­ment, pub­lic health, the econ­omy and the coun­try’s im­age, and has ex­ac­er­bated cli­mate change, Wakhungu says

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Nairobi - GIL­BERT KOECH @TheS­tarKenya

County gov­ern­ments will be ranked from next year ac­cord­ing to how well they han­dle solid waste.

En­vi­ron­ment CS Judi Wakhungu on Thurs­day said the min­istry had de­vel­oped 10 min­i­mum re­quire­ments on waste col­lec­tion and trans­porta­tion, man­age­ment of ex­ist­ing dis­posal sites and li­cens­ing.

She said this will en­sure com­pli­ance with the En­vi­ron­men­tal Man­age­ment and Co­or­di­na­tion Reg­u­la­tions, 2006.

“The man­age­ment of waste in the coun­try still re­mains a ma­jor chal- lenge as most ur­ban ar­eas and coun­ties lack req­ui­site waste han­dling in­fra­struc­ture,” Wakhungu said in a speech.

It was read on her be­half by En­vi­ron­ment PS Charles Sunkuli dur­ing a din­ner on im­proved solid waste man­age­ment in Kenya.

Dur­ing the gala at the Sarova Stan­ley Ho­tel in Nairobi, a score­card on waste man­age­ment was also launched. Nairobi, for in­stance, has been grap­pling with a garbage prob­lem.

Wakhungu said poor waste man­age­ment has hurt the en­vi­ron­ment, pub­lic health, econ­omy and im­age of the coun­try, and has ex­ac­er­bated cli­mate change.

The CS said the Na­tional En­vi­ron­ment Pol­icy, 2014, has been de­vel­oped and it pro­vides a holis­tic frame­work for the man­age­ment of the en­vi­ron­ment and nat­u­ral re­sources.

“The pol­icy en­sures that en­vi­ron­men­tal mat­ters are in­te­grated in all gov­ern­ment poli­cies to fa­cil­i­tate and re­alise sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment at all lev­els,” she said.

The min­istry on Au­gust 16 launched the Rapid Re­sults Ini­tia­tive. It’s ac­tiv­i­ties in the next 100 days in­clude rais­ing aware­ness and en­force­ment of en­vi­ron­men­tal reg­u­la­tions and stan­dards.

Un­der the 10 min­i­mum re­quire­ments, coun­ties are ex­pected to en­sure that waste col­lec­tion ar­eas are zoned.

They are to en­sure timely and reg­u­lar col­lec­tion of all solid waste, ei­ther through door-to-door col­lec­tion or from cen­tralised col­lec­tion points.

While trans­port­ing waste, coun­ties must en­sure all col­lected waste is trans­ported us­ing NEMA-li­censed ve­hi­cles to des­ig­nated dis­posal sites.

Dump­ing sites must also be se­cured with a fence and a gate manned by a county gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial to con­trol dump­ing and pre­vent spread of waste out­side the dis­posal site.

Na­tional En­vi­ron­ment Man­age­ment Author­ity direc­tor gen­eral Ge­of­frey Wahungu urged coun­ties to make avail­able bill­boards that Nema can use to reach the masses.

He urged the pri­vate sec­tor to part­ner with Nema to make the coun­try clean. In­vestors are at­tracted to clean and se­cure places, Wahungu said.

/ FILE

Garbage trucks drive to the Dan­dora dump­site in Nairobi on June 5 last year. The dump­site was de­clared a health haz­ard for the neigh­bour­ing res­i­dents in 2001, but chem­i­cal, hos­pi­tal, in­dus­trial, agri­cul­tural and do­mes­tic waste are still dumped here and left un­pro­cessed

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