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How Sakaja intends to turn Dandora’s waste into energy

The administration of Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja has initiated the process of dealing with garbage menace in the capital city after the failure of the previous leadership to actualize the plan.

Through tender number NCC/ENV/ONT/077/2022-2023 seen by Nairobi News, Nairobi county government is seeking to hire heavy equipment, plant and machinery at the Dandora dumpsite.

“Expression Of Interest (EOI) to design, build, finance maintain and operate and transfer a waste to the energy processing plant in Dandora Nairobi,” the tender reads.

These plans will offer a ray of hope for residents of Nairobi, especially those who live near the dumpsite in Dandora.

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During the campaign period ahead of last year’s Genral Election, Governor Sakaja pledged that if elected, he would turn the Dandora wastes into energy.

“Garbage menace in Nairobi has been a problem in the past two governments. If elected, my administration will ensure that plans commence to set up a recycling plant that will turn the waste into energy,” Governor Sakaja said then.

Garbage collection is among the priorities that Governor Sakaja has been pushing for including the employment of 3,000 workers who will help to clean the city.

Recently, the Governor held a meeting with Solid Waste Private Service Providers and a cross-section of youth who are involved in the environment sector and agreed to work together in creating a clean and green Nairobi.

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The governor has also been actively calling for an all-inclusive cleaning exercise where the residents take part by reporting anyone found illegally dumping wastes directly to him.

“Ukiona mtu akidump and you record, mulika kabisa; we arrest, prosecute and split the fine. Will work on the county law to provide for this. Let’s keep our city clean.”

The previous administrations have failed to actualize the recycling plant and at one point the debate about the relocation of the dumpsite was raised in the Nairobi County Assembly Chambers.

Former Governor Mike Sonko had promised to allocate Sh28 billion for the construction of the waste-to-energy recycling plant.

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