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NMS for tightening screws in private garbage collectors

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NMS for tightening screws in private garbage collectors

Garbage collectors transport garbage for disposal. FILE PHOTO | NMG

Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) will introduce new laws to control private garbage collectors at the same time, many of these groups are accused of littering.

The new regulations seek to control who can dump garbage at official collection points throughout the capital.

NMS CEO Maj. Gen. Mohamed Badi said that most private garbage collectors have been dumping solid waste at collection points instead of the Dandora site.

Private collectors do this to avoid the long distance to the Dandora landfill, as well as the fees charged for disposing of solid waste at the city’s main landfill.

Most private garbage collectors operate on city properties where they collect solid waste from houses for a fee.

Solid waste disposal at the Dandora landfill generates a charge of Sh1,000 per ton on the scale.

“We are developing new regulations on who can dump at authorized garbage collection points,” Badi said.

“We have had private collectors use the published collection points instead of Dandora to facilitate their work,” he added.

The step to get to the regulations, he noted, is to control how garbage is disposed in Nairobi.

“Once those laws are in place, we will be able to make all the points public. With our experience with the published points, we did not want to go full blast as people would come to the official points instead of going to Dandora to throw away the collected waste, “he said.

The head of NMS said the points posted on the farm will reduce the areas where people dump their garbage in the capital city and garbage has been piling up in Nairobi as people avoid the distance to the Dandora landfill, as well as the download costs there.

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