Published: 13 July 2018
The Kenyan Government has directed the Ministry of Environment and Forestry to introduce a monthly national clean-up day to beat plastic pollution. Vice President William Ruto said this on June 5, 2018 during the celebration of World Environment Day.
The Kenya National Discourse Forum (KNDF) through the chairperson Rev. Joe Asila has affirmed the will to support the government initiative of monthly clean-up day in the country as to protect environment.
Speaking at the KNDF National Executive Committee Meeting held on June 7, 2018 at Jumuia Hotel in Kisumu, the Chairperson called on all Kenyans to change their way of waste disposal.
He added that citizens behavior change towards waste management is needed to make the government plan effective.
KNDF Vice Chairperson, Ms Anne Ombewa said huge quantities of plastic waste end up in Lake Victoria due to careless disposal. The Vice Chairperson underscored the need by county governments to introduce policies to manage waste disposal.
She also urged counties to make sure they prioritize climate change in their County Integrated Development Plans. She said waste management was a devolved function and counties should develop policies in line with the national framework contained in environment evaluation guidelines and coordination Act.
Currently, Safaricom, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) have launched a programme to end the plastic menace.
The three institutions will form a team that brings together manufacturers, waste collectors, recyclers and other players to formulate proposals to deal with the problem.