The National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) conducted an inspection against unlicensed waste-transporting vehicles on 31st October, 2016 in Nairobi County.
The exercise is part of the ongoing 100-days Rapid Results Initiative on waste management which was launched in August this year by the Authority.
The objective of the inspection was to foster compliance with the waste management regulations. The exercise was also meant to: create awareness on compliance issues, issue orders to those who do not have licenses and summon them to the office for corrective action.
The inspection was carried out in Industrial area at Kamongo Waste Paper Limited and Falcon Road and in Kayole estate (Soweto).
Improvement orders were issued in a bid to do follow-ups to the areas where the need was identified. Those without licenses were arrested and those with few compliance issues were given a chance to update their papers.
NEMA officers speaking to a manager in Kamongo Waste Paper Limited [PHOTO: FERDINAND MUSUNGU/NEMA]
NEMA officers arrested one truck belonging to Kamongo waste paper Ltd amid protests from the managers who claimed the ambush was unwarranted and demanded more time to comply with the regulation.
One of the employees who sought anonymity decried the Authority’s move to storm the facility, claiming that the company is a long-time partner with NEMA especially in waste management. “It could have been better if there was a license that covers a fleet of waste-transporting trucks of a company, as opposed to every truck having its own license,” he said.
The exercise established that despite the high compliance level by most of trucks transporting waste, more needs to be done.