Kenya Association of manufacturers now wants any producer of plastics in the country to take full responsibility for the products post-consumer stage of a products life cycle.
This move, according to KAM is aimed at driving a collective Extended Producer Responsibility (ERP) whilst turning plastic waste into valuable resources.
Speaking during the launch of the associations Strategic Business Plan for the establishment of a Plastic Producer Responsibility Organization (PRO) in Kenya, KAM Chair Mucahi Kinyua said the intention of the plan is to increase collection and recycling simultaneously through creating value and markets for the recycled plastics, enhance industry awareness on sustainable sourcing and production and develop products designed for recyclability.
Present at the launch was the Netherlands Ambassador to Kenya, Amb. Maarten Brouwer who urged the governemnt to support these efforts.
“Governments can give financial incentives, invest in research and development and encourage innovation. This shall encourage industries to be willing to learn, explore and experiment with various solutions that can be used to manage waste in the environment”. he said
The Strategic Plan sets out the direction of KAM’s priorities in the waste value chain and key action in effecting the steps towards a clean Kenya as industry moves from a linear to a circular economy.