Friday, December 6, 2019

Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) Chief Executive Officer Phylis Wakiaga makes a point during the Kenya Action Plan meeting today at Ministry of Environment headquarters.

Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) Chief Executive Officer Phylis Wakiaga has said that the manufacturing sector is developing concepts that will ensure environmentally sustainable use and recycling of plastics.

Speaking during a meeting with Ministry of Environment and Forestry officials, that was to outline Kenya Plastic Action Plan, Wakiaga said there is need to implement policy and legislation on recycling and plastics waste management.

Ms Wakiaga said  during the meeting at the Ministry of Environment headquarters that KAM members

will continue to explore and embrace circular economies to benefit businesses, society and the environment.

The CEO said KAM members were committed to environmental sustainability through Extended Producer Responsibly (EPR), and Producer Responsibility Organization.
Ms Wakiaga said that government policy should be informed from research, data  and facts, to create a common voice and creative solutions to improve on plastic waste management in Kenya. ‬
‪She advocated for creation of a circular economy, around plastic waste and EPR schemes adding that the Kenya Plastic Action Plan, outlines measures and proposes concrete action for all stakeholders to deal with waste management problems.

Ministry of Environment Director of Environmental Education and Awareness Dr. Ayub Macharia, (Centre), and other members of Staff, During the The Kenya Plastic Action Plan , the initiative is a private sector driven initiative, with the aim of involve policy makers , general public and the manufacturers in safeguarding a clean environment.

‪Ministry of Environment Director of Environmental Education and Awareness, Dr. Ayub Macharia said that since the government started engaging KAM, price of waste bottles has increased, and more drop off points have been established across the country.

‪Dr. Macharia said that the agreement with KAM was now at phase 3, with a view to inform the government on policy action and framework of cooperation to be undertaken, he called on the manufacturing sector to come up with tangible actions aimed at curbing plastic pollution.
The meeting was meant to deliberate and inform on the development of Plastic Waste Management Action Plan in line with Frame Work of Cooperation between the government and private sector.
 The Kenya Plastic Action Plan is a private sector driven initiative, with the aim of involve policy makers , general public and the manufacturers in safeguarding a clean environment.

A section of Members following proceedings, during the Kenya Plastic Action Plan , the Plastic Action Plan outlines measures and proposes concrete action for all stakeholders to deal with waste management problems

In Kenya only a paltry of 9% of plastics are recycled, while 600,000 metric tons of plastic bottles are produced annually, and 400,000 MT are used locally, and end up in landfills, burnt or it goes to water bodies.

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