Kenya: Collaboration to Manage Plastic Waste

After the launch of the Kenya Plastic Action Plan, which aims at enabling a circular economy for environmentally sustainable use and recycling of plastics in the country, the Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) has partnered with Clever Green Kenya (CGK).

Source: Kenya Association of Manufacturers

The goal is to manage post-consumer plastic waste in the country through the formation and management of a Producer Responsibility Organization. As announced, it shall set up Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) schemes for the benefit of KAM Members and other plastic users, as per the recommendations of the Kenya Plastics Action Plan ( ) launched in December 2019. This private sector-led policy and plan for measures identify the specific steps that the public and private sector should undertake to achieve this including waste management at the county level, formation and regulation of EPR schemes and establishment of recycling value chains and standards.

As reported, CGK seeks to develop a sustainable waste management ecosystem by creating a platform on which waste management stakeholders can interact. The EPR fees would be used to collect, sort and recycle waste. CGK, represented by its founders Raj Kent and Hasit Patel, intends to collaborate with public and private sector institutions to realize “a circular economy through sustainable waste management that will contribute to social, environmental and economic transformation in Kenya”. CGK’s long term vision is to offer practical solutions to tackle all plastic waste that can be recycled in the country.

Through this partnership, the two organizations – Kenya Association of Manufacturers and Clever Green Kenya – also seek to explore the possibility for support and collaboration in public and government engagement activities.

(GR12020, Page 47, Source: Kenya Association of Manufacturers)