Tuesday, August 21, 2018
 A heap of uncollected gabbage near a church at the Ngong dumpsite - Solid waste within urban settlements can be disastrous

A heap of uncollected gabbage near a church at the Ngong dumpsite – Solid waste within urban settlements can be disastrous

Every person in Kenya is entitled to a clean and healthy environment and has the duty to safeguard and enhance the Environment, as all human activities generate waste which requires to be properly managed to protect human health and environment while enhancing aesthetics. This scenario is particularly evident in urban settlements which generate large quantities of solid waste due to high human population. The impacts of poor solid waste management within the urban settlements, particularly cities and big municipalities can be disastrous. As such there is need for proper and efficient waste management

Kenya’s development blue print, Vision 2030, recognizes the need for efficient and sustainable waste management systems to be established, as the Country develops into a newly industrialized state by 2030. According to the Waste Management regulations of 2006, the main guiding principle on the National Waste Management Strategy is ZERO WASTE PRINCIPLE whereby, waste is a resource that can be harnessed to create wealth, employment and reduce pollution of the environment

Harnessing solid waste to create wealth - Officials from the Ministry and NEMA with a youth group in Nakuru involved in making brickets (charcoal) from solid waste.

Harnessing solid waste to create wealth – Officials from the Ministry and NEMA with a youth group in Nakuru involved in making brickets (charcoal) from solid waste.

Accumulated waste deposits are an indication of societal lifestyles, waste management practices and production technology. Some societies at the peak of their development have stagnated due to inadequate management of their waste leading to proliferation of disease; environmental degradation and ultimate impact on livelihoods. Improper management of waste poses a threat to Climate Change and eventually in the achievement of sustainable development. Waste being one of the contributors of greenhouse gases, affects climate change and it is for this reason that as a country, we should develop sustainable waste management technologies and initiatives to cub this growing global challenge.

Although, elimination of waste entirely may not be feasible, systematic application of modern waste management systems should be explored and implemented. Since the  challenge of waste management affects every person and institution in society, there is need for  a collective approach to waste challenges, and the involvement of a broad range of stakeholders in their implementation. This will systematically improve waste management in Kenya.

 dog rests comfortably in a heap of un-collected garbage at the Kisumu dumpsite.

dog rests comfortably in a heap of un-collected garbage at the Kisumu dumpsite.

 

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