Wednesday, September 22, 2021

photos-KICD‘Every Kenyan generates about  half (½) kilogram  of waste daily that translates into 22 metric tons of waste generated per day, and of that waste only 70% is collected and dumped’, Environment and Forestry Chief Administrative Secretary  Hon. Elmi Mohammed affirmed.

Hon. Mohammed said that due to the huge amount of waste generate daily it was thus prudent that Kenyans are sensitized to embrace circular economy as opposed to linear if the country is to effectively manage waste in a sustainable manner, adding that the policies, legal frameworks and the infrastructure were in place to support circular economy.

He underscored the need for behavior change to embrace circular economy, that demands for among others the segregation of wastes adding that 95% of the waste was organic and recyclable, noting that the organic waste can be used as composite fertilizer whilst recyclable products can be incentive among the young people through the creation income generating opportunities, and that only 5% of the waste will therefore go to landfills, leading to a clean, safe and healthy environment.

CAS Mohammed was speaking early this week during the launch of the,’ Nairobi City County Environmental Sustainability and Circular Economy Awareness Campaign’, at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) under the slogan ‘Waste is Wealth, Taka ni Mali’. He said the awareness campaign was heavily informed by the Nairobi County Waste Management Action Plan, calling for the segregation of waste at source, urging households to sell these fractions and earn income.

Hon. Elmi acknowledged the development of the Solid Waste Management Action Plan for Nairobi County, through concerted effort by the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) the Ministry and stakeholders from both the public and private sectors. He said that the Action Plan, modeled along the Sustainable Waste Management Policy adopted by Cabinet on 25th February 2021, was to strengthen Nairobi County’s leadership in waste management as the global environment capital, adding that the Action Plan has been accepted as a template for transition to circular economy model to be customized and replicated in all counties.

CAS Mohammed said that the Action Plan was radically changing the waste management approach within the Nairobi County to the circular model to maximize on the extraction of value from waste, and hence create wealth and employment for Kenyans as well as reduce the waste volumes to the dumpsites.

He said that the segregation of waste will depend on their nature, say organic be taken as composting facilities where it will be converted to organic fertilizer to be sold to farmers. All recyclable waste will be taken to recycling facilities and all collectors compensated through the Extended Producer Responsibility Schemes, whilst sanitary landfill will only be responsible for safe disposal of 5% of waste that cannot be recycled or reused.

He extolled the circular economy saying that it diversifies the value chains leading to more benefits to communities, calling on stakeholders and the public to collaborate with the Ministry in promoting circular economy in waste management including waste segregation at source, appropriate collection and transportation as well as safe processing of the waste through reuse, recycling and safe disposal.

Giving his official address during the launch, Environment and forestry Principal Secretary Dr. Chris Kiptoo underscored the need for public awareness on environmental matters such as the circular economy and more so after the Cabinet approved   the Sustainable Waste Management Bill in February 2021.

 The PS said the collaboration between the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) and the Ministry was to facilitate the implementation of the Nairobi City County Circular Economy Awareness Campaign. The Campaign is supported by the Danish Embassy and it seeks to raise public awareness through change of attitude towards environmental sustainability and adaptation of circular economy lifestyle.

Dr. Kiptoo said that the Campaign could not have come at a more opportune time than now, after massive sensitization for the private sector players on the Extended Producer Responsibility Regulations early this month, adding that polluters will penalized for irresponsible dumping of waste.

He said that the Ministry was pursuing engagements on awareness campaigns and advocacy with stakeholders to discuss the transition from linear to circular economy that included a training component on the awareness campaign. This the PS said would involve   training of journalists aimed at developing competencies among them in communicating green growth practices in solid waste management and how such practices contribute to circular economy and sustainable waste management.

Similarly, Dr, Kiptoo said the campaign will further facilitate a training course for Trainer of Trainers for Waste Service Providers, and also seek to raise awareness among participants on various legislations governing solid waste management in Kenya and the transition to circular economy shift among solid waste service practitioners in Nairobi.

PS Kiptoo said the courses would run from 21st June to 03rd July 2021 and will cover circular economy practices, green growth and environmental sustainability in Kenya’s solid waste management. He reiterated the Ministry’s commitment to raise public awareness on policies and initiatives being championed by the Ministry in order to secure buy in and support from the people.

The PS said that public participation, behavior and attitude change were the cornerstone for attaining the Ministry’s desired outcomes, calling on stakeholders to partner with the Ministry to upscale public awareness and education for sustainable development in an endeavour to fill a major gap in environmental awareness and management policies.

The awareness campaign is to purposely inculcate the responsibility of sustainable waste management among the publics towards a clean and safe environment for sustainable development. It  further seeks to move the country from a linear to a circular economy by echoing calls that  resonate with,  Waste is Wealth, Taka ni Mali , Boresha Mapato and Join the Circular, ultimately leading a ‘Towards a Zero Waste City’ and hence, the “Nairobi We Want’.

The public awareness campaigns will provide mechanisms on waste management on how and where to dispose waste depending on their nature. The campaign provides four (4) bins that will be availed that is Yellow for medical wastes, Green for Organic, Blue for Plastics and Brown for others, therefore significantly reducing the waste to the landfills.

Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) Director- General Major General Mohammed Badi, Environment and Forestry Chief Administrative Secretary Hon. Mohammed Elmi and PS Dr. Chris Kiptoo today presided over the launch of the Nairobi County Environment Sustainability and Circular Economy Awareness Campaigns at the Kenya Institute for Curriculum Development (KICD).

NMS DG Major General Badi, Environment and Forestry CAS Elmi and PS Dr. Kiptoo taken through some of the ECoH , Yad Bio-vitalizer  circular economy waste management Initiatives exhibition at the KICD  where organic waste in turned into compost.

The public awareness campaigns will provide coloured bins for disposal of waste depending on their nature, by availing four (4) bins; Yellow for medical wastes, Green for Organic, Blue for Plastics and Brown for others, therefore significantly reducing the waste to the landfills.


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