The County Government of Trans Nzoia has announced plans to roll out a waste management system in Kiminini.
The County Government will work in partnership with Council of Governors to roll out the programme which seeks to “improve the living standards of Kiminini residents.”
The project will borrow from the SymbioCity programme on sustainable urban development initiated by the Council of Governors (COG) and the Swedish Association of Local Authorities (SALAR).
In a statement by the County Government, following a number of consultations with various stakeholders, a unanimous resolution was made that the biggest challenge experienced in Kiminini is management of solid waste.
Among the activities to be rolled out is a Waste Reduction and Greening Project, aimed at managing waste from urban areas.
This will be done through opening of clogged drainage systems, redesigning drainages, especially in identified hot spot areas along the highway; Ndalu road and Lukhome road.
The drainages will be rehabilitated through restoration and repair of culverts, upgrading of lining (stone pitching), gradient realignment and unclogging blocked drainages.
Over 130 waste bins, will be installed, one in every shop and two additional bulk waste bins erected in town for waste disposal.
The project will also see 40 farmers trained and empowered on how to use organic waste in composting for agricultural waste and use for animal feeds. A composting demonstration site is being set up on the County owned 19 acres of land in the outskirts of the town, comprising demonstration of different compost methods as well as small farms where the compost will be tested.
A community cooker will be installed by the County Government at St Bridgids Girls High School. The community cooker is an energy technology that burns waste in a less environmentally damaging way in order to generate heat to cook food and boil water in large quantities.
The community cooker is known to burn waste at temperatures of up to 700°C. Burning of waste in open air is totally discouraged due to pollution in the environment as a result of inefficient burning of the waste.
The school will operate and maintain the cooker through a memorandum of understanding signed between the school management and Trans Nzoia SymbioCity. Residents will be allowed to use the facility incase they have a function.
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