Kenyan Manufacturers Initiate Program to Promote Recycling

The Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) have initiated a program that will see them create awareness about the recycling process of plastic with the goal of attaining sustainable waste management.

The drive will aim to create awareness about issues regarding plastics their proper disposal and the reuse of polythene terephthalete (PET) – a type of polyester in plastic bottles and containers.

Phyllis Wakiaga, KAM Chief Executive gave her view on the subject saying that the take-back model in schools will help promote a disposal culture among school-goers.

“We plan to start our awareness initiatives in schools so that we can begin to embed proper waste management activities in children ,” she said during a clean-up drive at Uhuru Park Friday.

She also revealed that KAM will be announcing a drop-off points system for PET waste. This wil be an initiative that will be implemented in association with the country’s Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources.

Wakiaga also said that the KAM PET waste management strategy will pilot in a small number of countries before scaling up to as many as 47 nations.
“The take-back scheme of collecting waste bottles and selling them for recycling will involve strong youth participation from the manufacturing industry, recyclers and a technical team from the ministry,” said Enviroment secretary Judy Wakhungu.