Manufactures cautioned on disposal of plastic bottles


Manufactures cautioned on disposal of plastic bottles
Plastic waste collected from the beaches of Watamu, Kenya, lies waiting to be reused or recycled at Eco World, an environmental organisation in Watamu, February 20, 2018. Thomson Reuters Foundation/Benson Rioba

In Summary

  • Manufacturers in Kenya have teamed up to form an organization that will coordinate initiatives to collect, sort and recycle pet bottles and containers.
  • In January, NEMA had given Manufacturers of plastic bottles until April 30 this year to come up with a plan on how to recycle the bottles in order to curb environment pollution.
  • According to NEMA, the move was prompted by the irresponsible disposal of plastic bottles in the country even after the plastic ban.

The Kenya Association of Manufactures has been urged to put measures in place to ensure proper disposal of pet plastic bottles.

According to the Chief Administrative Secretary at the Ministry of Environment and Forestry Mohammed Elmy, after the total ban of plastic carrier bags the next biggest threat to the environment is the pet bottles.

Elmy stated that individuals and manufactures have to take responsibility of the pet bottles after use by customers by providing appropriate dumping places.

The CAS who was speaking at the inaugural pet plastic stakeholders forum, focused on increasing the value chain of pet bottles to reduce dumping.

Manufacturers in Kenya have also teamed up to form an organization that will coordinate initiatives to collect, sort and recycle pet bottles and containers.

In January, the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) had given Manufacturers of plastic bottles until April 30 this year, to come up with a plan on how to recycle the bottles in order to curb environment pollution.

According to NEMA, the move was prompted by the irresponsible disposal of plastic bottles in the country even after the plastic ban.

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