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Kenya – License to Own/Operate a Waste Transportation Vehicle

The License to Own/Operate a Waste Transportation Vehicle is issued by the National Environment Management Authority to permit the holder to collect and transport waste from the designated area of operations or storage areas and deliver such waste to the designated storage site, disposal site or plant


  • Apply and attach all required documents as per checklist issued by NEMA
  • Provide information on area of operation
  • Payment of prescribed fees
  • Written confirmation with approval conditions within a month

In addition, you can apply online though NEMA Licensing PortalAds by Google

Required Documents

  • Application form
  • Attach application fee receipt/bank slip
  • Copy of certificate of registration
  • PIN Certificate
  • Copy of the logbook
  • Two photographs of the vehicle, front view and side/rearview showing the vehicle is appropriately labeled.
  • Copy of valid insurance certificate
  • Copy of motor vehicle inspection unit report.
  • Valid copy of drivers licence

Office Locations & Contacts

National Environment Management Authority,

Popo Road, South C, off Mombasa Road

P.O. Box 67839-00200,


Fax: (+254)-020-6008997

Tel: 020-2101370, 020-2183718, 020-2307281, 020-2103696

Mobile: 0724 253398, 0735 013046

Incident line: 0786-101100, 0704 846019



Map Location

NEMA Fields OfficesAds by Google


Any person wishing to collect and transport waste from the designated area of operations or storage areas


Application Fee: KShs. 3,000/=

License Fee: KShs.5,000/=


One Year

Documents to Use

Application/Renewal for a Licence for Transportation of Waste

Processing Time

Maximum Processing Time: 51 days


  • Attach application fee receipt/bank slip
  • Provide copy of certificate of registration
  • Give the PIN number and attach the PIN Certificate
  • Provide copy of the logbook
  • State type of the vehicle
  • Provide two photographs of the vehicle, front view and side/rearview showing the vehicle is appropriately labeled.
  • Submit copy of valid insurance certificate
  • Submit a copy of motor vehicle inspection unit report.
  • Submit a valid copy of drivers licence
  • Indicate amount of waste to be transported
  • State type of waste to be transported
  • Indicate whether the disposal site is licensed by National Environment Management Authority
  • Provide Authority to correct waste (garbage from the relevant local Authority or other lead agency showing allocated areas of operation)
  • Provide a sample tracking documents with company log in National Environment Management Authority prescribed format
  • Provide name, designation and signature of contact person
  • Put the official company stamp on the application form.

Required Information

  • Name and address of applicant
  • PIN Number.
  • Registration number and type of vehicles to transport waste
  • Quantity of waste per vehicle to be transported
  • Licensed sites/plant to which waste is to be transported
  • Collection schedule
  • Any other information
  • Attach Recommendation document(s) from the relevant lead agency.
  • Is Application for Initial license or Renewal?
  • Previous License Number
  • Date
  • Signature
  • Designation/Title

Need for the Document

The License to Own/Operate a Waste Transportation Vehicle is issued by the National Environment Management Authority to permit the holder to collect and transport waste from the designated area of operations or storage areas and deliver such waste to the designated storage site, disposal site or plant.

Information which might help

NEMA has an online tracking system on its website and one can log in to establish the status of their application/license. This can be done by going to the licensing portal and using a reference number one can check their application/license status.

Garbage collectors/transporters cannot apply for a countrywide license. This is because this function has been devolved to county governments and one is required to apply for these licenses from respective counties.

Other uses of the Document/Certificate

Regulate waste transporters

External Links

National Environment Management Authority (NEMA)

National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) Customer Service Charter

Environmental Management and Co-Ordination (CAP. 387)

Licence to Own/Operate a Waste Transportation VehicleAds by Google


The National Environment Management Authority (NEMA), is mandated by the Environment Management and Co-ordination Act (EMCA) 1999, to exercise general supervision and co-ordination over all matters relating to the environment. It is further mandated to be the principal instrument of government in the implementation of all policies relating to the environment.

The Authority serves various stakeholders and clients;

  • Private Sector (Investors, Developers, Industry etc),
  • Government Ministries and departments (Lead Agencies)
  • Environment Management & Coordination Act Institutions (Public Complaints Committee, National Environment Tribunal, National Environment Council, National Environment Trust Fund)
  • Provincial and County Environment Committees (PECs & CECs)
  • Parliamentary Committee on Lands and Natural resources
  • Office of the Government Spokesman
  • Mass Media
  • Civil Society Organizations (Non-Governmental Organizations and Community Based Organizations)
  • Development Partners/ Donors.
  • General Public

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