- Governor Mike Sonko said his administration was working on operational guidelines to support separation of waste at source in all parts of the city.
- The governor authorised officers in the City Inspectorate Department to arrest those illegally dumping waste.
- Illegal dumping will attract a fine of not less than Sh100,000.
Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has said that plans are underway to install a recycling plant at the Dandora dumpsite to address the garbage problem in the city.
Sonko said the recycling plant would be procured through public-private partnership and later awarded to a company to manage it in strict conformity to the Public Procurement and Disposal Act.
“My government is working on the installation of a giant recycling plant at Dandora dumpsite. Once complete the recycling plant shall address the garbage dumping challenge we are currently facing in Nairobi,” Sonko said on Sunday on his social media accounts.
He also said that his administration was working on amending Nairobi County’s waste management by-laws to include provisions on waste prevention, while also formulating and putting into action operational guidelines to support separation of waste at source in all parts of the city.
“To enhance the recovery of waste, we shall form and put into use formal structures for its engagement with community groups and other stakeholders in waste management and specifically those who recycle and re-use waste,” he said.
The City Hall boss last month blamed increase in the number of illegal dumping in the capital on business owners in the hotel industry who engage street families to pick up garbage through the backdoors of their hotels at night and dump them along the lanes and open spaces within the CBD at small fee.
To rein in the practice, he said that he had authorised officers in the City Inspectorate Department to arrest those illegally dumping dumping waste, adding that the offence shall attract a fine of not less than Sh100,000.