Mombasa county seeks innovative ways to deal with waste management

Mombasa county seeks innovative ways to deal with waste management

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A street boy picks a piece of biomedical waste; syringes, needles, drugs and other medical wastes, that was found at a dumpsite . PHOTO: COURTESY.

Mombasa,KENYA:Mombasa County has been facing a major challenge in garbage collection despite putting in place various ways to improve the situation.

Speaking in Mombasa on Thursday night deputy governor Hazel Katana said efforts have been put to find a solution for the menace.

“We tried many things, we tried putting trucks by the side of the road, we tried extra manpower, we tried buying more lorries and reviving  trucks that were not working so that the county can collect the waste,”she said.

Katana said initially the county had the option of collecting and taking the garbage to a dumpsite away from the town, but they now have the responsibility of cleaning the area because it’s part of Mombasa County.

“Land has become an issue and it’s time to find a solution that will do away with garbage without inconveniencing anyone,” she added.

Simon Wathigo Head of Geocycle Kenya said their company has the capability of giving Mombasa the solution it has been looking for.

“Geocycle  is a waste management organization with a promise for a zero-waste future, waste is a big challenge in the world with approximately 2,200 tons of waste generated in Mombasa daily , 65 percent being collected and 35 percent uncollected posing a health risk to residents,” he said.

Wathigo said they are committed to deliver a solution to zero waste to landfill through processes that will ensure proper collection, separation, auditing and disposal through Bamburi Cement Kilns.

“We expect Mombasa residents and locals will benefit largely from this initiative through Bamburi Cement Ltd, we intends to partner with local waste management  firms, industrial and agricultural sectors in the mission of zero-waste future for Mombasa County,” he added.

Speaking on behalf of the CEO, the environment and project manager at Bamburi Cement Jared Kokach, said geocycle will complement Kenya’s vision 2030 and National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) principal on Solid Waste Management Initiative of creating wealth, employment and reduce environmental pollution.

“Current waste management  solutions are focusing  on dumpsites, open burning and incineration of hazardous and medical waste which do not result with zero waste due to the adverse impact to the environment and the society,” said Kokach.

Kokach further explains that Bamburi Cement had partnered with Mombasa County to offer manageable cost solutions by providing land and technology free of charge making it simpler to deal with waste.

Katana said Bamburi cement has played a major role in countering the waste menace in Mombasa and geocylce could not have come at a better time.

Reports on waste management indicate that most waste is disposed in dumpsites; damaged goods and biomedical waste incinerated through burners do not meet the requirements stipulated by waste Management Regulations 2006.

Meanwhile, Geocycle aims to assist in managing waste from the county through various processes using the Bamburi Cement Kiln a process that is said to leave no residue and nil toxic emission.

Bamburi cement has been recognized by national and international bodies and associations for Excellence in Environmental Compliance, Education, Rehabilitation and Ecosystem best practice that meet international Environment Standards.

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