With the success recorded in its first 100 days, the Nairobi Metropolitan Service will close down more than 80 illegal dumpsites in the city. The NMS is now after garbage cartels in the city.
According to NMS Director-General Mohamed Badi, the NMS has identified 110 such illegal dumping areas since his office launched in March, and cleared 82 of solid waste with enforcement for closure ongoing.
Badi said that the move follows a directive by President Uhuru Kenyatta to NMS to crack down on all illegal dumpsites in the capital as well as gazette legal solid waste dumpsites for both public and private solid waste collectors.
Additionally, 35 solid waste collection points are being designated across the city. The NMS contracted the National Youth Service to help in garbage collection across the 85 wards in the county. With only a 500,000 tonnes capacity, Dandora dumpsite is over three times full, holding more than 1.8 million tonnes of solid waste. It is Nairobi’s main dumpsite.
As it is known unlicensed garbage collection business in Nairobi is a multibillion-shilling industry. The cartels have formed parallel illegal dumping sites across the county where they dispose solid waste after collecting them from residents who pay for their services.
The businesses are controlled by cartels who include elected leaders.