, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 15 – Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero will next week meet with a number of stakeholders to discuss ways of increasing the capacity of the Dandora dumpsite.
The meeting will include engineers from City Hall, the Ministry of Public Works and the National Youth Service who will draw out a plan aimed at compacting waste at the landfill.
Kidero was speaking following a trip to the site where he indicated that the exercise is expected to create more space that will last for the next five years.
“We are going to employ new scientific methods so that we can extend the life of Dandora for a little while. We are currently collecting between 1,600 to 1,700 tonnes of waste daily. What we are still suffering from are from private garbage collectors who keep on dumping waste in residential areas,” he said.
“We want to work on a plan on how we can move the waste starting from the back down so that we deliver the new waste to the bottom and the old waste we turn it upside down and compact it,” he stated.
“Dandora got filled a little faster than it should have because it was not managed properly. So we are going to use a new scientific method so that we can extend the life of the dumpsite before we get a new place.”
He further stated that plans to set up another dumpsite at Ruai have been put on hold as it would affect the aviation industry.
“We have had feasibility studies done on how to generate electricity or waste recirculation and we are working with a company which is going to put in 270 million euros for the building of a segregation plant and a waste recycling plant and an electricity generating plant,” he pointed out.
“Ruai is on the flight path of international flights from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport; there is hesitation in designing the new site in Ruai.”
Earlier last week, Kidero visited various parts of the city to inspect and assess the extent of the garbage situation that has caused uproar among Nairobi residents.
He toured Luthuli Avenue, Lenana Road, Ojijo Road, Ronald Ngala, Racecourse Road, Ngara as well the Globe Interchange where the clean-up work has commenced.
He also pledged to reconstruct Dandora roads leading to the dumpsite to the tune of Sh220 million and work with lobbies so as to remedy the situation.
He further announced that Nairobi will be spending Sh1 million daily for the next 45 days to address the garbage menace in the city.
He explained that the money is to be spent under a performance contract basis following an agreement with the NYS.