NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s manufacturers’ lobby group on Wednesday
signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with environmental
conservation groups to promote the effective management of
polyethylene terephthalate containers, also known as PET plastic
Kenya Association of
Manufacturers (KAM) and the groups resolved to take measures to
encourage recycling and re-use of plastic bottles across the
Mucai Kunyiha, KAM
Vice-Chairperson, said that as part of the agreement, the
organization will establish and implement the agreed “take-back”
and “extended-producer” responsibility schemes for the plastic
“We 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 bottles,” Kunyiha
told journalists in Nairobi.
will also undertake clean-up activities and awareness creation
in partnership with county governments and other government
with the support of the National Environmental Management
Authority (NEMA), also signed the deal with the Kenya
Association of Waste Recyclers and Dandora Hip Hop City for PET
plastic waste management.
Chairman of the National PET Management Committee, said
recycling represents a systemic shift that builds long-term
resilience, generates business and economic opportunities, and
provides environmental and societal benefits.
“In other words,
plastics aren’t necessarily bad for the environment; it’s the
way we dispose of them that’s the problem,” Macharia said.
Tobias Alando, KAM
Acting CEO, noted that waste management is a collective role in
which the private sector should complement the government’s
efforts to ensure a cleaner environment, adding that the
partnership is the first and most crucial step in the journey
towards effective waste management in Kenya.
KAM targets to
recycle up to 20 percent of PET plastic bottles in 2018 with a
target of 70 percent by 2030, based on the circular economy
concept that will involve various stakeholders including waste
collectors, recyclers, the government.
Richard Kainika, the
Secretary General of Kenya Association of Waste Recyclers, which
has membership of over 150 registered waste recyclers,
emphasized on policy changes to enable effective and sustainable