- Improving Governance for Sustainable Waste Management in Nairobi    click here to open paper content115 kb
by    Konde Kazungu, Raphael & Njiki Wahome, Sarah | mairurao@yahoo.com   click here to send an email to the auther(s) of this paper
Short Outline
For any city to afford all its citizens a clean, livable environment and be able to handle the waste it generates, good functional and inclusive structures need to be instituted.

Nairobi City with 2,143,254 people generates total of 1,530 tonnes daily of solid waste. This translates to 0.714 Kg of waste generated daily per person. The City Council and the private sector collect only about 60% and 20% respectively of the total waste generated. The balance is either left uncollected, disposed through burning, or dumping in unauthorized places.

Nairobi official disposal site is situated in Dandora, Eastlands, about 7.5 km from the CBD. This disposal site has been in use since 1981, and currently habours approximately 1.3 million m of waste. As a result of poor management and lack of waste minimization practices the disposal site is full.

Currently the City Council capacity to fulfill its statutory sanitation obligation is severely limited. In some areas, the council has virtually ceased to deliver its services. Where available, waste collection services are geographically skewed with higher and middle-income residential and commercial areas better serviced. The low-income areas, where up to 60% of Nairobiís residents live, receive no waste collection services

The existing governance structure ignores the plight of the poor who experience poor environmental quality and inadequate sanitation.

This paper provides an audit of Nairobi governance and waste management dispensation. The paper proposes overhauling of the city governance system and inclusion of the poor in the City governance Agenda in order to achieve sustainable urban development.
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