Wednesday, August 4, 2021
Environment PS Dr. Chris Kiptoo, PS Industrialization Mr. Kirimi Kaberia , KAM Chairman Mucai Kunyiha KEPRO Chair Priyen Tanna during the launch of the Kenya Extended Producer Responsibility Organization (KEPRO) by the Kenya Association of Manufacturers(KAM).

Environment PS Dr. Chris Kiptoo, PS Industrialization Mr. Kirimi Kaberia , KAM Chairman Mucai Kunyiha KEPRO Chair Priyen Tanna during the launch of the Kenya Extended Producer Responsibility Organization (KEPRO) by the Kenya Association of Manufacturers(KAM).

Environment and Forestry Principal Secretary Dr. Chris Kiptoo has said Kenya has made several milestones meant to address challenges in waste management in terms of policy and legislation.

 The PS said the Ministry has finalized the Sustainable Waste Management Policy and Bill that were adopted by Cabinet on 25th February 2021and the recently finalized Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Regulations 2021 will be a big stride towards sustainability and circular economy.
The PS was speaking in Nairobi during the launch of the Kenya Extended Producer Responsibility Organization (KEPRO) by the Kenya Association of Manufacturers(KAM).
The PS said the policy and Bill champion a transition in waste management in Kenya from a linear to a circular economy, which will create jobs while extracting maximum value from waste.
Kiptoo said all practices that are not circular have been captured in the Bill and it will be an offence to fail to sort waste at source, burn waste, transport mixed waste, and accept mixed waste in dumpsites.
“Our recent policies and legislation on waste management are evidence that we are providing an enabling environment to the private sector and other players to chart their course towards green, clean, globally competitive products & services for sustainable development” said the PS.
Environment PS Dr Kiptoo giving his remarks during the launch, he said Kenya has made several milestones meant to address challenges in waste management in terms of policy and legislation.

Environment PS Dr Kiptoo giving his remarks during the launch, he said Kenya has made several milestones meant to address challenges in waste management in terms of policy and legislation.

The PS said the EPR regulations form the basis of the establishment of KEPRO which is premised on the concept of a circular economy, and the regulations task the producers to sustainably manage their products and packaging beyond the post-consumer stages.

Dr. Kiptoo said the Ministry has dedicated seven days awareness week that startedon June 7 June 2021 targeting all private sector producers to sensitize them on the provisions of the EPR regulations.
Present also was the PS for Industrialization Mr. Kirimi Kaberia highlighted the government’s commitment to promoting green growth in the manufacturing sector.“We shall continue to work with manufacturers, through KAM, to ensure the implementation of the 10-year green growth programme, to promote sustainable manufacturing in the country, as envisioned in the Kenya Industrial Transformation Project (KITP) 2015.”
 KAM Chair, Mucai Kunyiha reiterated the commitment of local manufacturers to adopting sustainable manufacturing. “As manufacturers, we must fully embed environmental and social sustainability in the heart of our operations. Most importantly, we need to collaborate with other players in the market such as government regulators, waste collectors and recyclers and the public for a successful transition to a circular economy,” said Mr Kunyiha.
KEPRO Chair Priyen Tanna underscored the role that KEPRO will play in spearheading the realization of a circular economy in the country, saying “We are confident that a circular economy will redefine the way organizations consider growth and are keen on collaborating with the key stakeholders to reduce waste, drive greater resource productivity, deliver a more competitive economy and reduce the environmental impacts of production and consumption.”
The launch of the KEPRO is in line with commitments made in the Kenya Plastic Action Plan, which seeks to enable a circular economy for the environmentally sustainable use and recycling of plastics.
The organization seeks to address post-consumer waste in the country, PET plastics in particular. Kenya, with a population of 47 million has been grappling with how to handle waste for a long period of time.
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