Commitment to hazardous waste watch
1.Our lead advocacy program has the following objects:
a.To increase public awareness of the risks of lead contamination and pollution through the secondary lead smelters.
b.To seek policy responses to curb pollution and contamination of waters and the environment
c.To stop polluting operators, until they are able to comprehensively mitigate against lead contamination of the environment
d.To create dialogue both in Uganda and Kenya and ultimately Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi for an EAC Lead Reclamation Guidelines applicable in all the states
2.Prepare documents for policy advocacy on EAC Lead Reclamation Guidelines for presentation to the East African Assemble
3.Publicize and educate the public on lead contamination that may lead to lead poisoning. Carry out outreach programs in schools and villages near lead reclamation plant
4.Establish dialogue with policy makers and environmental management authorities in the EAC, initially on a country by country basis, and ultimately at the EAC level.
5.Ensure that polluters are forced to close down operations until mitigation measures are assured and remedial work in the contaminated areas is complete.
'If we can come up with innovations and train young people to take on new jobs, and if we can switch to clean energy, I think we have the capacity to build this world not dependent on fossil-fuel. I think it will happen, and it won't destroy economy.' Kofi Annan
CEA has taken several steps in undertaking this menace. These include
-It has rooted for organic materials to be used i.e. no plastic bags and bottles advocacy
so as to create a sustainable solid waste management especially in urban areas, across East Africa.The reduced use of inorganic materials i.e. plastic bags have improved the cleanliness of the urban areas.
-Waste re-use (Recycling) also plays a role in improving the urban physical environment. By reducing the total amount of solid waste headed for the landfill (or left lying to rot in the streets), recycling and composting are land-saving and pollution-reducing strategies.
-Waste re-use also plays a valuable resource conserving role: by recycling materials, further exploitation of scarce natural resources is minimized, thus containing the spreading ecological footprint of the city.
-Creating opportunities of community-based waste management in urban areas notably in Dandora, Nairobi Kenya which is one of the largest damp sites. Within several of the city's informal settlements, women's and youth groups have earned a living through composting organic wastes as means of improving community environmental conditions and generating income through the sale of the same.
-We have empowered communities through organised community interaction and training the ones that live near damp sites on the problems and opportunities from waste materials, so that they can safely handle and gain from waste materials.