Kenya manufacturers launch body to address post-consumer waste

2021-06-09 21:55:30 GMT2021-06-10 05:55:30(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

NAIROBI, June 9 (Xinhua) -- The Kenya Extended Producer Responsibility Organization (KEPRO) was launched on Wednesday to promote collaboration, seek commitment by waste value chain players and support the achievement of a circular economy.

The organization, launched by Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM), brings together players in the value chain to help increase awareness and promote sustainable capacity building in Kenya's recycling and circular economy.

Chris Kiptoo, principal secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forestry said in Nairobi that the establishment of KEPRO is timely since it has come at a time when the government is gearing up to implement the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Regulations.

Industrialists said the launch of the KEPRO is in line with commitments made in the Kenya Plastic Action Plan, which seeks to enable a circular economy for the environmentally sustainable use and recycling of plastics in Kenya.

Priyen Tanna, chairperson, KEPRO said his organization will play a key role in spearheading the realization of a circular economy in the country through recycling waste generated from industries.

The launch of KEPRO follows last year's launch of a Strategic Business Plan for the establishment of a Plastic Producer Responsibility Organization in the country.

The plan set out the direction of KAM's priorities in the waste value chain and key action in effecting the steps toward a clean Kenya. Enditem