Bill proposes KES 100,000 fine for dumping
Bill affects both individuals and companies
By Gabriel Ngala
A new bill passed by the Mombasa County Assembly proposes a fine of KES 100,000 or imprisonment for not less than one year on people or companies that will be found carelessly dumping garbage in the County.
The bill on Maintenance and Enforcement of Environmental Hygiene, which was moved by nominated MCA Mohamed Hatimy was passed in the early morning session, setting stiff rules for dumping in the tourist town.
Clean courtyard, proper disposal of refuse and water
The bill states that every household or business owner must ensure proper disposal of refuse, have a clean and well-swept courtyard, walkways and premises, and also ensure there is no convergence of dirty water from the building.
Occupants of buildings are also expected to make sure that their houses and premises have dustbins with close fitting and fly-proof lids attached to them, and that there is no scrap vehicles, containers, wheelbarrows, motorbikes, tuk-tuks or bicycles in front of their buildings.
They must ensure that garbage is stored in litter bags that can be easily accessed by County officials at transfer stations and garbage collection points.
They should also organise transportation of any garbage weighing more than 30 Kilogrammes to Kibarani for sorting and disposing.
“I urge this assembly to ensure that every household or business owner observes safe, clean and sanitary disposal of garbage.
“Any person who places or permits refuse to be placed anywhere apart from the designated collection points shall be guilty of an offence and upon conviction, a fine not exceeding KES 3,000; dumping of hazardous waste per tone, discharge of waste water a fine not exceeding KES 100, 000 or imprisonment for a term not less than one year,” Mr. Hatimy said.
If passed, owners will have 21 days to implement the new laws, failure of which the County shall clean up at the cost of the owner.
Dustbins in vehicles
Besides homeowners, drivers and conductors of public service vehicles are also required to provide dust bins for passengers who board their vehicles.
“No Person, firm, society, organisation – political, religious or otherwise shall place or display their posters or advertisements on walls, trees or other places without permission from the County authorities,” adds the bill.
Mombasa County government through the Department of Environment has been working closely with the Sub County administrators to ensure that proper garbage management standards are achieved.
They have so far closed a number of notorious dumpsites at the fish market, Kongowea and Changamwe and are currently clearing Mwakirunge among others.
Recently, the department launched a campaign dubbed “Bag it we Take It” where they are urging users to put their garbage in paper bags that are later collected by County officials for sorting and recycling as well as disposal at landfills.
So far, the garbage bagging campaign has been a success in Old Town.
Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho, Environment Advisor Vipul M. Patel said that the Environment Department has been trying to inculcate proper waste management and disposal but has encountered challenges owing to lack of proper legislation.
“When garbage is bagged, it occupies less space in the environment and the vehicle used to transport it. It also keeps off crows from poking the litter and ensures safety from injuries and infection to the population surrounding it,” added Mr. Vipul.
He said that they have enforcement officers who nab suspects who dump garbage carelessly under the County government by-laws, but added that the new bill will boost their efforts in ensuring the County has a clean, healthy environment for all.
The bill is awaiting Governor Joho’s assent.