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A Toxics-Free Future

Kenya Waste Burning and Incineration

A study on waste incineration activities in Nairobi that release dioxins and furans into the environment.

The study aimed to provide an overview of the critical issues regarding the management of municipal and medical waste in Nairobi, especially with respect toward the potential danger of generating unintentional POPs (U-POPs) in the process of burning such waste. The study's broader objective was to assist in the development of a comprehensive waste management strategy for the city and other urban areas in the country, in the context of the provisions of the Stockholm Convention. Annex C of the Stockholm Convention identifies waste incinerators-including co-incinerators of municipal, hazardous or medical waste or of sewage sludge-as source categories with high potential to release U-POPs into the environment. The study established that the area around the Dandora dumpsite, the city's biggest waste-burning site, is highly contaminated with POPs. This was established from the results of U-POPs levels in eggs sampled from the site in a different study. Other potential U-POPs hotspots include the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) incinerator, whose maximum temperatures range between 600°C and 700°C and which has no air pollution control devices (APCD).

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Report: A study on waste incineration activities in Nairobi that release dioxins and furans into the environment

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Environmental Liaison Education and Action for Development (ENVILEAD)