The National Environment Management Authority (NEMA), has urged the Kisii County Government to partner with the youth to address garbage
collection and management challenges.
Speaking to KNA in Kisii Town, NEMA Chief Enforcement Officer, Robert Orina, said there was lack of commitment by the County to involve the
youths in managing and processing the waste into recyclable products to improve their living standards and reduce unemployment.
Orina advocated for the recycling of waste products into valuable materials, noting that Kisii is an agricultural county, and the organic waste would make organic fertilizers.
However, the Enforcement Officer applauded President Uhuru Kenyatta for signing the Waste Management Bill into regulation, to ensure all waste generators separate their dry and wet waste at the source to ease collection and recycling.
Orina argued that waste management was a devolved function, and urged the national government to put in place a conducive and legislative framework to provide technical assistance to the counties, where necessary.
He also pointed out that NEMA had made an arrangement with plastic producers and users to put up mechanisms of reducing environmental pollution.
On her part, Anastacia Thianu, also an Enforcement Officer said the nation was focused on
reducing the amount of waste that goes to dumpsites with sixty percent being organic and the remaining thirty-nine percent recyclable.
Thianu noted this will ensure only minimal waste goes to the landfill and dumpsites, which will then be transformed into material recovery facilities for segregation and recycling.