National Sustainable Solid Waste Management Policy & Bill – 2018 - Kenya Alliance of Resident Associations (KARA)

The amount of solid waste generated in Kenya per year currently stands at 4 million tons, a figure that is expected to double by 2030. Low solid waste collection rates (currently less than 55% collection in Nairobi and other cities), illegal dumping and uncontrolled dumpsites have plagued our Nation, this compounded by increased economic activity, the growth and expansion of cities and our population; the country’s waste management challenges have reached major proportions. The current poor state of waste management is a public health and environmental threat, a loss of valuable resources for job and wealth creation, and an eyesore that negatively affects the wellbeing of all Kenyans. There is an urgent need to create the necessary regulatory environment that will enable Kenya to effectively tackle the waste challenge.

The Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MoE&F) has developed two critical documents these are A National Sustainable Waste Management Policy 2018 (discussion draft) and the National Sustainable Waste Management Policy Bill 2018 which KARA (in collaboration with KAM) wants to review and advocate for suitable amendments.

Kenya lacks clear Policy direction aimed at creating the necessary regulatory environment that would enable the country to effectively tackle the waste challenge, both at National and County levels. There is a need for the National government to establish legal frameworks and take actions that will enable Kenya to harness and incentivize effective solid waste management while supporting the premise that sustainable waste management is a devolved function under the Constitution of Kenya. The emerging Policy and regulation should also support the creation of the planning, finance, technical and governance capacities that county governments need to effectively deliver on their mandate under the Constitution of Kenya 2010, to be the lead actors in delivering sustainable waste management services.

The proposed Policy and Bill provides responsibility and assigns duties to both private sector actors (including manufactures) and citizens. The documents further provide guidance on penalties and incentives and include assigned responsibilities to Counties. A quick review of the released drafts implies a need to ensure that the national drafts are in line with the requirements of devolution of solid waste management, a devolved function. KARA and KAM represent the voice of the residents of Kenya and of Manufacturers in the country. As such it is critical that both KARA and KAM members are actively engaged in the review of the two drafts and their views taken into consideration.

In 2017 KARA, working in conjunction with KAM received a grant of KShs. 6.9 million from the Business Advocacy Fund (BAF) to develop model County Solid Waste Management (SWM) Policies and Bills that have provided the first step to ensuring an appropriate regulatory framework for Solid Waste Management in 11 counties. This project is currently in the final stages of customization of the instruments. KARA’s and KAM’s participation in reviewing the proposed national instruments will ensure harmony and complement the efforts achieved in the counties SWM project.

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