Kenya launches plastics pact to address the waste menace
Kenya has launched the Kenya Plastics Pact (KPP) to deal with plastic pollution and poor waste management.
The Pact brings together businesses, governments, researchers, NGOs, civil society, informal waste sector players, and other stakeholders across the plastics value chain, to set time-bound commitments to transform the current linear plastics system, into a circular plastics economy.
The new collaborative initiative is the second in Africa and the twelfth in the world.
Kenya, like the rest of the world, grapples with the plastic waste and pollution menace.
According to World Bank research, Nairobi generates an estimated 2,400 tonnes of solid waste every day; 20 percent of it being in plastic form.
Poor waste management, coupled with rising urban pressure, has heightened the risks of environmental degradation in Kenya.
The Kenya Plastics Pact stakeholders signed a joint set of ambitious and time-bound targets to drive significant change by 2030.
Progress will be monitored and publicly reported annually, and collective efforts and targets will speed up the transition.
They committed to eliminating unnecessary single-use plastic packaging items through redesign, innovation, and reuse delivery models by 2030.
In addition, they will also ensure 100 percent of plastic packaging is reusable or recyclable.
Around 40 percent of plastic packaging will be effectively recycled and 15 percent average recycled content across all plastic packaging.
Director, Sustainable Inclusive Business, Karin Boomsma observed that four years after the ban on plastic carrier bags, the Country is still largely operating in a linear economy.
“We take, make, and dispose of in an extractive model that is not sustainable for businesses, people, or the environment. It depletes finite resources, pollutes our environment, and contributes to global challenges, such as climate change and biodiversity loss,” she noted.
Karin Boomsma urged responsible players to shift their focus to a circular economy, with innovations and business models, that design waste, keep materials in use, protect and restore the environment.