NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 2 – The Nairobi County Government says it has increased capacity to collect garbage after the purchase of 17 trucks.
Environment County Executive Peter Kimori stated that this has increased City Hall’s garbage collection capacity by about 20 percent and says the County Government is seeking to improve further.
He also indicated that plans are underway to buy another 51 trucks in the next three months to boost garbage collection.
“We generate about 2,500 tonnes of solid waste every day and this must be removed from the public and transported to Dandora. We have got 17 trucks for garbage collection. We have also got 20 skippers, boxes put in the market to enable you dispose your garbage,” he said.
Kimori further pointed out that the county has also set aside Sh50 million to repair broken down trucks and is spending Sh60 million a month in paying garbage contractors.
“Our aim is to have 210 trucks in three years. We want each ward to have at least two trucks so that we depend on our own,” he said.
Kimori pointed out that plans are underway to compact the waste at the Dandora dumpsite so as to extend its life by a further five years.
“For Dandora, we have also brought equipment called a compactor which compacts the garbage so that the trucks which are bringing in garbage can pass on top of them. This was delivered three weeks ago and it is working very efficiently,” he said. “Dandora site is tending to the end of its life but because of the compactor we have extended its life by five years.”
The 30-year-old dumpsite is full and Kimori said the county government has hired a consultant, through the European Union and the World Bank, to carry out a feasibility study on how the waste can be recycled.