The Nairobi City County Government enacted Solid Waste Management Act, 2015 last year to provide a legal framework for better management of solid waste in the County.

This is pursuant to part 2 of the Fourth Schedule of the Constitution which made solid waste management a devolved function. Kara played an active role in the formulation of the law and mobilized various stakeholders to participate in the process.

To facilitate effective implementation of the provisions of the law and pursuant to Section 38 (1) of the Act, Kara has partnered with Nairobi City County Government to develop regulations for the Act. The process of developing the regulations will be carried out in a consultative and participatory manner to ensure that stakeholders’ views are taken into consideration. The regulations, expected to be ready by July 2017, will seek to provide clarity on a number of areas including:

  • Management of various categories of waste from generation thereof to recycling or disposal
  • Use and safe disposal of plastic waste
  • Standards applicable in waste management generally
  • Mechanisms for participation of various stakeholders in solid waste management
  • Licensing, offences and penalties
  • Public education and awareness on solid waste management