Saturday, March 17, 2018

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu addressing the stakeholders as the chair of KAM, Flora Mutahi, the CEO, Phyllis Wakiaga and Director of Environmental Awareness in the Ministry, Dr. Ayub Macharia follow keenly

Kenyans will soon experience a cleaner environment following an agreement between the industry players and the government to collect and sell disused plastic bottles.

The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources and the Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) yesterday agreed on a Plastics bottle take back scheme involving collecting the waste bottles and selling them for recycling.

Environment Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu chaired a meeting between members of KAM and government officials who agreed that the take back scheme would commence soon to rid the environment of the widespread pieces of plastic bottles trash.

The programme would initially involve the youth empowerment programme under the National youth Service, the manufacturing industry, recyclers and a technical team from the Ministry of Environment.

Currently teams under the youth empowerment programme are deployed in various parts of the country to collect discarded plastic papers. They will now collect waste plastic bottles and store them at designated places for collection by the recyclers.

Memorable – The delegation from the Kenya Association of Manufactures in a memorable photo with the CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu, after the courtesy call.

Prof. Wakhungu said the country had the capacity to recycle the waste bottles and sell in the ready market all the resultant by-products. This she noted will effectively fall in place of the popular environment culture of circular economy where products are made, used and later recycled.

The CS accompanied by the Director General of National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) Prof. Geoffrey Wakhungu expressed satisfaction at the progress of removing plastics from the environment thereby creating healthy living conditions for Kenyans.

Ms Flora Mutahi the chair of KAM confirmed that members of her organization would work with the government through a technical committee to rid the environment of plastics and create an attractive business environment.

The two teams agreed that the plastic bottles take back scheme would follow best practices as set by PETCO recycling company of South Africa. This model would be championed by Coca-cola regional office in Nairobi which was represented in the meeting by its Public Affairs and government relations Director Emily Waita.

The meeting noted that it was critical to incorporate all the county governments in the country in all aspects of solid waste management that was a devolved function.

Among those who attended the meeting was Mr. Himanshu  Dodhia of Bidco manufacturers and Dr. Ayub Macharia, director of Environment awareness in the Ministry.







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