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Nairobi to launch clean-up drive

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Summary

  • The Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) is set to launch monthly clean-up exercise from next month as it steps up efforts to rid the city of garbage.
  • The exercise, which will cover all the 17 sub-Counties in Nairobi, will take place on the first Saturday of every month.
  • This comes at a time when the capital city is choking under heaps of garbage with a number of streets dotted with illegally disposed piles of solid waste.

The Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) is set to launch monthly clean-up exercise from next month as it steps up efforts to rid the city of garbage.

The exercise, which will cover all the 17 sub-Counties in Nairobi, will take place on the first Saturday of every month. This comes at a time when the capital city is choking under heaps of garbage with a number of streets dotted with illegally disposed piles of solid waste.

Nairobi County, with a population of about 5 million, generates 3,000 tonnes of solid waste daily.

However, NMS is only able to collect an average of 2,500 tonnes every day, up from the initial 1,000 tonnes.

“NMS is set to commence a monthly clean up exercise on the first Saturday of every month with the commencement date to be shared soon,” said the Major General Mohammed Badi-led administration.

Last week, the NMS flagged off eight trucks for collection of garbage that has been disposed haphazardly in Eastleigh, Kamukunji Constituency.

A total of 15 tonnes of the solid waste left on road reserves, and front yards of residential and commercial premises was collected.

Last October, Maj-Gen Badi said city residents would be required to take part in monthly clean-ups of their neighbourhoods.

Every citizen of Nairobi County, he said, is supposed to dedicate one day a month in a clean-up exercise of their area. The NMS, he added, is just waiting for a go-ahead from Parliament.