The Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) is set to launch monthly clean-up exercise as it steps up efforts to rid the city of waste.

The exercise, which will cover all the 17 sub-Counties in Nairobi, will be taking place on the first Saturday of every month. This comes at a time when the capital city is choking under heaps of garbage with a number of streets dotted with illegally disposed piles of solid waste.

Nairobi County, with a population of about 5 million, generates 3,000 tonnes of solid waste daily. However, NMS is only able to collect an average of 2,500 tonnes every day, up from the initial 1,000 tonnes. NMS also flagged off eight trucks for collection of garbage that has been disposed haphazardly on road reserves, and front yards of residential and commercial premises.

Last October, Maj-Gen Badi said city residents would be required to take part in monthly clean-ups of their neighborhoods. Every citizen of Nairobi County is supposed to dedicate one day a month in a clean-up exercise of their area. He added that the initiative is waiting for approval from Parliament.