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Residents warned against indiscriminate dumping of waste

Murang’a Municipal Board is crafting bylaws aimed to curtail reckless disposal of solid waste.

This has come at a time when a section of Murang’a town dwellers have developed a habit of disposing garbage at undesignated areas.

Chairperson of the Board’s committee on health, sanitation, water and environment, Dr. Bernard Muia told KNA that the bylaws will soon be tabled in the local assembly with the MCAs expected to debate and pass the bill.

He said once the bill has passed into law, those who will be found throwing garbage at areas which are not designated for garbage collection, will be apprehended and fined in accordance with the law.

The chairperson observed that reckless disposing of garbage has posed a big challenge in the management of waste within Murang’a town.

At the current times when people are using face masks, Muia stressed the used masks need to be properly disposed to avoid health hazards.

Poor management of solid waste, Muia said affects the environment adding that some lead to pollution of local rivers.

“We destroy our environment when we fail to correctly dispose of solid waste. Cleanliness of our town starts at individual level and every person is expected to dispose of waste only at designated areas,” he added.

He said vehicles which ferry waste to dumpsites only collect waste which is found in designated areas saying garbage disposed at wrong areas remains unattended.

Last year, the Municipality board allocated sh 600, 000 to procure and distribute dustbins to business premises.

The containers, Muia said, helped greatly in disposing of solid management, saying the premises which did not benefit from the dustbins can purchase them so as to avoid disposing of the waste in any open place.

He added that the Board is working hard to ensure in near future Murang’a town is elevated into a city saying for attaining that status, the town must be clean.

For several times, residents in the town have been complaining for delay in collection of garbage with traders claiming uncollected waste exposes them to diseases.

By Bernard Munyao

 

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