Solid waste is becoming a major problem in informal settlements like Kibera. In Kibera, waste that is not properly collected is carelessly thrown into water channels that flow into Nairobi Rivers and eventually accumulates in Nairobi Dam. As part of our Environmental Care Program, we make an effort to organize a community clean-up program in Kibera at least once a month, aiming to control at least 70% of the garbage.
The accumulation of uncollected waste in Kibera raises concerns about environmental degradation and public health issues, especially since a large portion of the population lacks proper waste collection services. Researchers have found that only 33% of waste is collected, leaving approximately 2,690 tons of waste uncollected each day.
The uncollected solid waste has also resulted in the clogging of drainage channels and main tributaries that lead to the Nairobi Dam. This has had a negative impact on the biodiversity of the affected areas, leading to degradation of the ecosystem. In response, the Kibera community has taken up spontaneous and informal clean-up activities, but their effectiveness has been limited. It is crucial to take more immediate measures to protect the residents' health and safety, as well as restore the environmental integrity of the Nairobi Reservoir.