NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenyan manufacturers on Wednesday called for
legal reforms in order to promote private sector investments in
solid waste management.
Chairman of the Environmental Committee, at the Kenya
Association of Manufacturers (KAM) told journalists in Nairobi
that the current legal regime has resulted in uncoordinated
government regulation and enforcement actions by regulatory
entities that hinder private sector investments.
“There is urgent
need for legal reforms that will promote investments in the
field of recycling and waste management,” Patel said during the
East Africa Utilities Expo.
The three day event
seeks to connect and promote networking of policy makers and
regulators in the building, construction, utilities and waste
Patel said that
legal reforms should be conducted in the areas of environmental
regulations, health and safety rules, transportation laws, as
well as zoning and land-use issues in order to lure private
Patel said that the
enormous problem of waste management cannot be addressed without
a robust strategy and sustainable investment.
He said that the
public sector lacks a viable business model to effectively
manage solid waste.
director of Environmental Education and Awareness Unit in the
Ministry of Environment, said that studies conducted indicate
that on average, city authorities only collect 40 percent of
waste generated while the private sector collects another 20
“The remaining 40
percent is left uncollected or is disposed of through open
burning or dumping in open areas and pits causing more
environmental degradation and health hazards to urban dwellers,”
He observed that
there is a strong relationship between waste generation and
The ministry of
environment official said that rotting vegetation releases
methane and waste pollution kills biodiversity which plays a
role in cleaning harmful greenhouse gases.
and Management Authority (NEMA) Director General Geoffrey
Wahungu said that Kenya has made deliberate efforts in improving
the management of solid waste in Kenya including the
promulgation of a new constitution.
Wahungu said that a
National Solid Waste Management Strategy is already in place to
guide sustainable solid waste management in Kenya to ensure a
healthy, safe and secure environment for all.
He noted that the
short term goal of the strategy is to achieve 30 percent waste
recovery and 70 percent controlled dumping in key urban areas by
Over the long run,
the East African nation hopes to achieve 80 percent waste
recovery and 20 percent landfilling in a sanitary landfill by