Unilever, Mr. Green Africa, ink recycling deal


Unilever East Africa is closer to realizing its vision of recycling all the plastic it uses in its operations by 2025 after signing a recycling deal with Nairobi based Mr Green Africa.

The newly inked partnership will facilitate the increase of Mr. Green Africa’s waste collection sites from 25 to 100 by 2020 with Unilever allotting Sh30 million to the recycling partnership.

Speaking on Monday during the unveiling of a waste management project in Nairobi, the Unilever Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Justin Apsey said the partnership was an important one for Unilever.

He pointed out that Unilever has made great commitments towards creating a bright environment for future Kenyans adding that plastics have a big role to play.

The surge in waste collection sites is subsequently expected to increase the number of waste collectors currently working for the recycler from an estimated 1,700 individuals to 4,000 persons

On his part, Keiran Smith, the CEO of Mr Green Africa, supported the partnership and dubbed it fruitful for all parties involved.

He said that providing tools to divert waste from landfill is a win for Unilever Kenya, a win for Mr Green Africa and most of all, a win for the environment.

To further supplement the two firms’ mandate to go green, the Ministry of Environment and Forestry through its Cabinet Administrative Secretary Mohammed Elmi who was also at the unveiling, vowed to push for the recycling of plastic material used in packaging.

The move comes almost one year after the Kenyan government issued a ban on the production, selling and using of plastic bags in August 2017 and as Kenya prepares to join the rest of the world in marking the World Habitat Day. This year’s theme is Municipal Solid Waste Management.

The ban has seen many manufacturers looking for greener options for the sake of environmental conservation.





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