NCC will train more than 500 youth on solid waste and garbage management and disposal before the end of the year to empower them, Susan Mboya Kidero said on Friday. Through the training the youth will learn how to use waste to generate income for sustainability.

“I urge the young people to explore income generating projects around waste disposal as this will not only act as a source of livelihood but ensure a clean healthy environment,” Susan said while launching a cleanup activity at Nairobi’s Gikomba market.  Susan reported that the NCC has in 2014 set aside Sh700 million for environmental conservation and educating Nairobi residents on proper waste disposal methods. The 500 volunteer youth will be trained in Meru at a company that deals in solid waste management. They will learn how to use solid waste to produce soap, cleaners, organic manures and other products. Susan said the training is a partnership fully funded by Effective Micro-Organism (EM) Technologies from Japan.

“Through this project we intend to create over 100,000 job opportunities for our youths residing with Nairobi,” she said. She said the county is optimistic that the trained youth will sensitize others on the health hazards posed by improper waste disposal, curbing contagious diseases in the county. County Environment and water executive Evans Ondiek said the weekly cleanups are aimed at restoring the glory of Nairobi River, Susan adding that they will enable interactions between the county government and the people.

“The main challenge we are facing as a county is many garbage cartels are disposing the waste in the river causing blockage and sticking, we are committed to ensuring we involve those directly affected in the cleanup which help us achieve the goodwill of keeping the city clean,” Ondiek said. Ondiek said Bama and Shauri Moyo will be cleaned up next and that other areas will follow.

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