Mobile technology is aiding garbage management in Nairobi

The efficiency of waste management is an important aspect of sustainablity - especially with the global amount of waste expected to dramatically increase over the coming decades. With the total amount of waste generated globally expected to increase to 2.2 billion tons per year by 2023, developing countries in Asia, Pacific and Africa will be the greatest contributors at 97%. Thus, improving efficiency will help developing countries that struggle with waste management to increase the amount collected and recycled, as well as to control the amount generated.

Technology will be an important aspect in boosting such efficiencies. Mobile technology can be employed in mapping and tracking waste collection, as well as reporting related data in real-time, in order to enhance related decision-making.

Effective waste management has become a huge problem in many countries, with direct negative impacts on public health and the environment such as emissions of greenhouse gases. A particular issue for developing countries is that government vehicles for trash collection are being misused.  Evans Ondieki, the Nairobi county executive for waste management and the environment has conceded this month that these drivers would rather use these trucks to transport sand and building stones as a business to help themselves. 

So garbage continued to be a major problem even after Nairobi invested in more trucks and drivers. Of course, the problem becomes bigger from a sustainability standpoint since the country must incur more money on fuels that is not ultimately spent on collection of garbage. The good news is that with the onset of new technology each and every truck in cities and municipalities can not only be put into better use but also our neighborhoods will become cleaner more quickly. 



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