The Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAW) on Wednesday called on stakeholders to support recycling at all levels so as to overturn the ban on plastic bottles.
Speaking in Nairobi on Wednesday; during the inking of a deal between the manufacturers and the Kenya Association of Waste Recyclers (KAWR), KAM vice-chairman Mr Mucai Kunyiha insisted that the manufacturers would support the efforts of waste collectors and recycling firms in the country.
The KAM Vice-Chairman said that they are working with different stakeholders to help achieve policy changes that support a truly circular economy and a more holistic view of material use, collection, and reuse of plastic bottles.
The manufacturers also reaffirmed their resolution to link waste collectors to recyclers so as to create new value chains that will generate jobs and wealth.
On his part KAWR Secretary General Richard Kainika confessed that the current state of affairs had affected recyclers’ work since operators are only able to reuse 23 per cent of Kenyan waste that is mostly generated from industries.
Also in attendance was National Plastic Bottles Management Committee (NPBMC) chairman Ayub Macharia, who reiterated that as per the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the two firms a review to gauge the advancements made to discourage littering and encourage recycling will take place four times a year.
Some of the matters that the MoU covers include: an agreement that the National Transport and Safety Authority would license trucks ferrying waste-for-recycling to ease challenges posed by County Revenue collectors who issue levies on garbage collectors.
The recyclers also called on KAM to help them lobby the Government to tone down on strict regulatory requirements as well as compelling the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) to firmly implement rules that pertain to the collection of waste in public service vehicles.
In 2017, the government voiced its plans to ban plastic which prompted responses from manufacturers who use plastic in packaging of commodities. This led to the formation of a wide-ranging stakeholders committee to look into ways of reversing negative effects of plastic bottles.