County government procures garbage collectors

Trans Nzoia County Government has procured waste collectors to boost its efforts in making Kitale town and its environs clean.

Area Governor Patrick Khaemba launched two skip-trucks and six skip-bins on Thursday, which will be used in collecting waste in town before they are dumped at the dumpsite in Machinjoni.

Speaking during the launch in Kitale town on Friday, Khaemba said that the County government intends to buy at least 29 skip-bins that will be distributed in other town centres.

He said with the skip-bins capacity of 8 tons, the County Government will be able to collect and keep clean the town without hiring the services of private entrepreneurs.

The Governor said that the skip-bins will be positioned at strategic places so that residents can throw garbage inside, which will later be lifted and removed by the skip-trucks and dumped at a common dumping site.

Apart from the bins, the County Government has also procured two tractors and one tipper truck which will collect garbage at slums and individual homes where skip-bins will not be available.

In an interview with KNA, the County Director of Environment Godfrey Wekesa said more than 130 tons of waste is normally generated in Kitale town and other centres per day.

He said that Kitale town alone generates at least 80 tons of waste in a day. Wekesa asked residents to use the bins to help the County Government keep the town and other centres clean.

According to the Environment Officer, a feasibility study is being conducted to ascertain the suitability of Machijoni as a dumpsite.

He also said that his Department intends to start incineration to manage waste at the dumpsite besides recycling others.

Source: Kenya News Agency