Kiambu, Kenya, Mar 23 – Kiambu Governor William Kabogo has launched the Kangoki landfill in Thika, a dumpsite that will employ modern technology for waste management.
The project is being undertaken in partnership with Fukuoka University from Japan, UN Habitat and the Ministry of Land, Housing and Urban Development.
“I am very proud to be able to say that these is solid evidence of the commitment of my Government to making real improvements in the lives of the people of Thika and the County of Kiambu at large,” said Governor William Kabogo.
He was accompanied by Professor Yasouchi Matsufuji from the University of Fukuoka and UN Habitat officials.
Kabogo said that the aerobic landfill site will be constructed with funding provided by the County Government of Kiambu and the Swedish Government.
He added that the county will adopt a proactive approach to the challenge of dumping, as an important campaign to educate communities on the impact of illegal dumping and on Kiambu County Government’s ability to provide an effective and efficient waste management service.
Kabogo noted that it will also address the negative impact these unlawful practices have on the environment and challenged the County Assembly to come up with a law to regulate illegal dumping all over the county.
He noted that Thika being one of the largest town within the County of Kiambu, will be able to make its maiden step in shifting its approach in solid waste management from the conventional methods of incineration and open dumping to promoting landfilling, waste reduction, composting and recycling methods.
Currently they will start using 20 acres which are available but with time Kabogo said that they will increase to 50 acres if need be.
“With land availability being a limiting factor in seeking final disposal sites the County Government found it necessary to look for other ways to dispose the ever increasing household, institutional and industrial waste products that is directly related to the rising population in Kiambu County,” said the Governor.
Professor Matsufuji who is the leader of the Japan group said that the technology has been successful back in their country and once it’s tried in Kiambu County it will be rolled out in the other 46 counties.
The director of the global division at UN-Habitat, Axumite Gebre said the UN will support the project until the project is successful as it will not only employ people but also keep the environment clean.
This method of waste disposal has been adopted throughout Japan and is recommended by the relevant bodies and ministries in government as the best waste disposal method.
Among the advantages of the Fukuoka method are its simplicity in construction, operation and cost effectiveness, increased waste decomposition rates, reduction in methane emission and the use of common readily available materials and equipment. This method has great potential for applicability in the county of Kiambu and the country at large.
“We have a uniquely beautiful world, thus surely it would make sense to preserve it for future generations to enjoy as we do, the present Landfill sites that are used for dumping the ever increasing amounts of domestic rubbish cannot last forever and nobody wants such a site on their backdoor,” said the Governor.