Waste management is a collective role in which the private sector should complement the government’s efforts to ensuring a cleaner environment.
As part of its efforts to promote effective management of PET plastic bottles, manufacturers through KAM and partners have committed to undertake measures to encourage recycling and re-use of plastic bottles across the country.
According to Dr. Ayub Macharia, Chairman of the National PET Management Committee; recycling represents a systemic shift that builds long-term resilience, generates business and economic opportunities, provides environmental and societal benefits. In other words, plastics are not necessarily bad for the environment; it’s the way we dispose of them that’s the problem.
KAM Vice Chairperson Mr. Mucai Kunyiha confirmed that they are working with different stakeholders to help achieve policy changes that support a truly circular economy and a more holistic view of material use, collection, and reuse of plastic bottle.
As part of the agreement, KAM will Establish and implement the agreed Take Back and extended producer responsibility schemes for PET Bottles. Additionally, KAM will undertake clean-up activities and awareness creation in partnership with County Governments and other government agencies.
We are happy to sign these partnerships and believe that this is the first and most crucial step in the journey towards effective waste management in Kenya,” KAM Ag. CEO Tobias Alando noted.
KAM targets to recycle up to 20% of PET plastic bottles in 2018 with a target of 70% by 2030. This will be based on the circular economy concept that will involve various stakeholders including waste collectors, recyclers, the Ministry of Environment, and NEMA.
Currently, there are over 150 registered waste recyclers. As part of scaling the campaign KAM also signed a partnership with Dandora Hip Hop City to create sustainability champions.