Manufacturers to promote plastic recycling in schools

Friday December 15 2017

Plastic bags at a dumpsite in Nakuru. FILE PHOTO | NMG

Plastic bags at a dumpsite in Nakuru. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

By LYNET IGADWAH
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The Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) will starting January tour schools to advocate on plastic recycling targeted at sustainable waste management.

The drive seeks to create awareness on proper disposal and reuse of polythene terephthalate (PET) – a form of polyester in plastic bottles and containers.

KAM chief executive Phyllis Wakiaga said starting the take-back model in schools will help promote a disposal culture in children.

“We plan to start our awareness initiatives in schools so that we can begin to embed proper waste management activities in children ,” she said during a clean-up drive at Uhuru Park Friday.

Drop-off points

She said KAM will soon announce drop-off points for PET waste, under the initiative that is being implemented in conjunction with the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources.

Ms Wakiaga noted the KAM PET waste management strategy will pilot in a few counties before scaling up to all 47 counties.

“The take-back scheme of collecting waste bottles and selling them for recycling will involve strong youth participation from the manufacturing industry, recyclers and a technical team from the ministry,” said Enviroment secretary Judy Wakhungu.