Local juice manufacturer Kevian Kenya, the makers of Afia juice, on Wednesday unveiled a Ksh. 350 million recycling plant at Thika, Kiambu County.
The recycling plant dubbed Ramani Recyclers will operate as a Kevian subsidiary and it will primarily be used to recycle plastic waste.
According to Kevian Chairman Kimani Rugendo, the plant will go a long way in mitigating the effects that plastic waste has had on the country by utilizing the waste product to create affordable materials that Kenyans can use. The recycling plant will be collecting plastic waste from companies such as Kenya Airways, Brookside Dairy and Tetra Pak.
“Ramani Recyclers will be recycling waste Tetra Pak papers to make ceilings, doors, hospital beds, roofing materials, seedling bins, pallets for industrial use, furniture’s as well as dustbins,” said Mr Rugendo.
Mr. Rugendo similarly revealed that the plant can recycle approximately 1500 tonnes of plastic waste in a day. He was however optimistic that the figure will rise in coming months as a result of increased demand for the service.
“We expect to produce more in coming months given the high number of Inquiries we are getting. Our core market for this project remains Kenya but we cannot rule out supplying to other markets if the demand dictates,” said Mr Rugendo.
Consequently, Mr. Rugendo revealed that the recycling plant will establish waste collection centers in Nairobi to assist in gathering plastic waste for the Thika plant.
The move by Kevian is part of the company’s aggressive strategy to grow its revenue collection streams by venturing into other businesses apart from juice manufacturing. Just recently, Kevian unveiled its own line of energy drinks in an effort to offset the market share of international energy drinks such as RedBull and Monster which are very popular in the country.