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Residents cautioned against garbage burning

10 October 2013, 13:35 Bob Ndwiga

Malindi - The Malindi town manager, Dan Chome, has warned that legal action will be taken against investors and residents involved in careless dumping and burning of garbage within the town.

Chome asked the investors and residents to respect public health regulations and manage their garbage as stipulated in the law to avoid polluting the city.

He said that in the recent past, cases of investors and residents dumping waste carelessly in undersigned zones had increased.

Talking to the media in Malindi town, Chome said, “We have designated area where garbage should be dumped and anybody doing the contrary will face the law.”

Garbage, he said, was becoming a public and environmental nuisance and there was need to ensure that all waste was placed in the garbage bins installed at various locations by environmental organizations in Malindi.

Chome said the town authorities spend huge amounts of money in extinguishing fires set on garbage heaps every day.

“We would like to spend money cleaning up the town and not putting of illegal fires which lead to heavy pollution of the air and could even cause ailments among the people, or major fire accidents,” said Chome.

He assured that the town management had hired new refuse collection lorries but would soon acquire their own trucks to clean up the town.

Malindi Green Town Movement had earlier protested over the increased cases of garbage burning in Malindi with residents of some estates such as Ngala and Maweni protesting against the smoke fumes that emanate from the burning garbage.

They asked the town manager to work in consultation with the National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) to implement laws to deal with those polluting the environment.

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