Quickmart Ruai Shut Down Over Illegal Dumping

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Quickmart Ruai branch has been shut down until further notice.

The supermarket will remain closed until it complies with the the statutory notice and directives issued by the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS).

In a letter addressed to Quickmart, NMS through a court intervention put the supermarket on the spot over illegal dumping of waste.

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The supermarket was advised to come up with a waste storage facility and to stop using the receiving bay as a waste storage point.

“Directed to fulfill the following conditions; Provide a holding area for your kitchen, store waste prior to collection for disposal, stop dumping your kitchen waste in the parking yard, and provide standard waste receptacles,” the notice read in part.

On Friday, Nicholas Kinyua Kariuki, the grocery store manager, and Erick Wanjala Wafula, the compliance officer were arrested over poor management of waste.

They were arraigned in court and released on KSh 250,000 cash bail pending a hearing and backbone on December 14, 2022.

The two employees were charged with emitting pollution into the setting by way of burning waste and generating heavy smoke in violation of section 142(1) (b) of the environmental control and coordination act (EMCA) No. 75 of 2015.

County Director for Environment and Natural Resources Paul Malawi warned against illegal dumping  urging locals to be responsible with their waste from how it is generated, transported and disposed of.

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“We mounted an operation through a tip-off from members of the public and confirmed that Ruai Quickmart Supermarket does not have a waste management plan on their premises. They are giving their waste to the street urchins who dump it on the roadsides and market areas,” Malawi said.

He noted that the county has embarked on a citywide operation to clear Nairobi of waste in line with Governor Johnson Sakaja’s vision.

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