Kenya Association of Manufacturer (KAM), the ministry of environment and forestry and national environment management authority (NEMA) have announced a cooperation agreement towards holistic management of pet bottles in Kenya. In an effort to promote responsible and sustainable management of waste pet bottles, industry has committed to initiate eco-friendly strategies and develop comprehensive recycling schemes guided by circular economy principles.

Speaking during the signing of a framework of co-operation, cabinet secretary Keriako Tobiko said that the ministry is open to enabling transformative partnerships to undertake public awareness on anti-littering and education programs.

He says providing an integrated end-to-end waste management solution is critical, particularly in urban areas. KAM is keen to drive innovative waste management solutions including recycling and up cycling which will bring benefits for both the environment and the economy.

On her part, KAM chairlady Flora Mutahi noted that the aim of the partnership is geared towards promotion of a clean, healthy and secure environment within the framework of green economy strategy.

Within the framework, KAM commits to the implementation of structured and sustainable take-back schemes and extended producer responsibility schemes for the management of pet waste bottles.

KAM C.E.O Phyllis Wakiaga termed the commitment as a significant milestone for the country as it will enhance sustainable resource management and circular economy as well as support the growth of the recycling industry along the manufacturing and waste management value chain.