27 February 2013

Kenya: Garbage Piles Up As Embu Council Watches

The National Environmental Management Authority has expressed concern over the inability by the Embu municipal council to collect garbage in streets and estates.

Embu County Environment Officer Josiah Nyandoro said after assessing the council's capacity to effectively collect the waste within its jurisdiction, his office had concluded that it can't handle the duty.

Nyandoro said heaps of garbage continue to pile up in estates and parts of the urban centre's streets despite efforts to collect them daily. He said the rubbish was a health hazard to residents and must be collected regularly.

Nyandoro said the council lacks enough vehicles and staff for the duty, and called for partnerships with private firms to realise the goal. He said Nema had engaged the council in meetings to resolve the problem through partnerships with private firms for collection of garbage on behalf of the urban authority.

He was speaking when Nema joined the council, Unity For Development (UFD) community-based organisation and the Embu Local Urban Forum (EUF) in a clean-up exercise in Dallas estate.

He said since the council will be run by the Embu county government, the authority should engage private firms to clean up the town.

Unity for Development Programme Co-ordinator Peter Nderitu said his organisation will assist in cleaning up the town.

He said plastic should be separated from other waste for recycling or burning. Nderitu said waste that can decay can be turned into compost manure for use in farming and help protect the environment.

The Embu Urban Forum chairman Muchangi Ireri and secretary Wawira Njue asked residents to dump waste from their in a responsible manner.

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