NAIROBI, KENYA, SEPTEMBER 29 — The Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) has launched a segregated waste bin at Westlands stage terminal to help facilitate recycling of PET plastic bottles.
This comes as manufacturers in the country move to promote effective waste management with a renewed effort in managing PET plastic bottles in Kenya.
KAM partnered with Dandora Hip Hop City, a community based organization, to mark the National Clean- up month that is celebrated annually in September.
The two led a cleanup exercise in Nairobi’s Westlands area where the first PET plastic bottles collection waste bin was launched.
Speaking during the ceremony, Job Wanjohi, KAM Head of Policy, Research and Advocacy said the PET waste management initiative is part of the manufacturing industry’s commitment to solid waste management.
The aim is to develop a sustainable post-consumer environmental solution through a series of activities that can be replicated around the city and across the country.
“The bins will help us to proactively respond to the environmental challenges of littering and reducing waste going to our landfill. As KAM, we support responsible disposal of plastic bottles and stand with the industries promoting this,” Wanjohi said.
Nairobi’s Environment, Water, Energy and Natural Resources County Executive Larry Wambua stressed that recycling does more than help the environment-it can help local businesses and expand jobs along the recycling value chain for our youth.
“This clean-up in Westlands, though small, is a giant step in effective waste management with opportunities along the recycling value chain,” Wambua said, “There is need for members of the communities to come together to clean their environments to ensure they live in clean and safe environment.”
Westlands clean-up is one of the clean-ups organized by KAM. Previously, manufacturers have participated in clean-ups in Narok County, Eldoret town, Kayole and is set to extend the drive to other parts of the country.
The clean-up activities will supplement Nairobi City County Safisha Jiji monthly clean-up activities and serve as a call to action to other stakeholders to spear head similar initiatives within their neighborhoods.
As part of the campaign, KAM is also recruiting sustainability champions and has subsequently partnered with Dandora HipHop City to use music to create awareness on effective waste management.
KAM is a Business Member Organization that represents over 1,000 value-add companies and associate services in Kenya.
Its members’ significant contribution to the economy is estimated at a quarter of the country’s Gross Domestic Product.
The Association provides an essential link for co-operation, dialogue and understanding with the Government and other key stakeholders by representing its members’ views and concerns through fact- based policy advocacy.