Thirty officers from the environment section of Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) have acquired new skills in managing biodegradable house hold solid waste in a move aimed at managing solid waste in the forces barracks across the country.
Triple R Program (Reduce, Re-use and Recycle) steered by the state department of Environment and the Green Belt Movement seeks to empower the beneficiaries with skills to put hundreds of tons of household waste generated daily to agricultural use.
Project manager Saino Mayiani said the program that is already on course in Nairobi, Nakuru, Kisumu and Mombasa also aims at scaling down the medieval practices of disposal of solid waste like open burning which she said damages respiratory system.
Environmentalists and health practitioners have flagged smoke from burning solid waste as a leading cause of a range of respiratory and reproductive complications among people who inhale it.
The officers have been equipped with skills in using house hold solid waste to make manure composts which could used to practice organic farming that agricultural scientists agree as the safest way of cultivating food crops.
Mayiani said the program anticipates using the military officers as ambassadors of organic farming and solid waste management in various communities where they help already trained community based organizations and private garbage collectors to manage effective environmental conservation practices at the house hold level.
The coordinator of the Kenya Defense Forces Environmental Soldier Program Major David Wando said the skills will be invaluable in effective management of hundreds of tons of solid waste generated at KDF barracks in the areas of focus.
He observed that proper disposal of solid waste is a festering problem in urban areas and the knowledgeable soldiers will be resourceful in the daunting task of sustaining awareness about waste management among communities.
The Programs manager at the Green Belt Movement Teresia Muthoni said the initiative will also enable military officers help private garbage collectors to separate recyclable waste for reuse instead of transporting it to already stretched dump sites for burning.
She said sorting of solid waste is an established way of generating income for private waste collectors.
Source: Kenya News Agency