By Obegi Malack
Waste management in Kajiado County is set to change after the County government privatized garbage collection in the urban areas to improve collection and disposal.
The County Executive Committee Member for Water, Environment, and Natural Resources. Michael Semera said Kitengela, Ongata Rongai,Kiserian and Ngong are the towns whose garbage will now be collected by private garbage collectors.
Semera who is now Finance CECM said he had already signed the contract and the private collectors have begun collecting the garbage.
The county has been facing challenges in collection of garbage in the towns due to dumping of waste in the towns.
“There has also been lack of enough machineries to manage the waste,” he said.
In Nkaimurunya ward, the county government cleared the Soko Mjinga trash and directed every trader to have dustbins and dump waste directly to lorries
Ward administrator Wilfred Ombasa said the clearing of the trash will prevent people who are not traders from dumping garbage in the site
“We have controlled the site and managed to clear the waste, people used to be paid and dump in the area and later blame the county,” he said. He said the traders have co-operated in ensuring the site is clean and protected.
Chief Officer Environment and Natural Resources James Sankale said the clearing of the site will now force everyone to manage his or her waste. He said big percentage of the waste dumped along the roads and on the site is supposed to be collected by private collectors.
The county government has, howeve,r not yet come up with a new dumping site after closing the Ngong dumping site. The garbage from the Kajiado North towns is transported to Dandora in Nairobi County.
In Ngong, the firm that was awarded the tender will collect garbage in Ngong town and Oloolua Ward centres while in Rongai it will collect in Olekasasi A and B centres, Rongai town, Kware, Gataka including Magadi road up to Kwekwe River.
In Kiserian, garbage will be collected in Kiserian town and Matasia. The service provider will also collect garbage in Kitengela town and all markets, public parks within the town and ferry it to Kitengela dumpsite.