On a weekly basis, Kenya produces 1.3 million kilograms of plastic waste. Only 10 percent of this waste is collected for re-use. Developed by the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) with support from the Kenya PET Recycling Company (PETCO), Retail Traders Association of Kenya (RETRAK), BESIC Group Ltd, Discovery Brands, Ital 3D solutions, County Government of Kiambu, Kenya Climate Change Innovation Center (KCIC), the Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP), and The Danish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), this partnership aims to curtail the country’s overall plastic waste by first improving how much waste is collected, and then transforming waste materials into recycled products for commercial use. In order accomplish systemic change in plastic collection, the partnership will first work with plastic producers to better label and trace plastic bottles, and then work with manufacturers increase uptake in recycled plastic materials. Consequently, the partnership will spur innovation and research in plastic waste reuse, thus demonstrating the economic viability of plastic recycling.
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