The New Plastics Economy Project implementing partners engaged with County Government of Kiambu on 30th April 2019, at Kiambu County Government Headquarters. The meeting was chaired by Dr. Juliet Kimemiah, County Executive Committee (CEC) Trade, Tourism, Cooperatives, and Enterprise Development.
The New Plastics Economy Project is an eco-friendly project under the Partnering for Green Growth and Global Goals (P4G) Platform. The project goal is to spur a formal circular model for recycling PET bottles by initiating a circular linkage of plastic waste chain actors and to inspire other waste streams to minimize waste so as to drive recycling to full throttle in Kenya. The implementing partners include the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, County Government of Kiambu, Center for Clean Air Policy, PETCO – Kenya, Coca- Cola, BESIC Group, Retail Trade Association of Kenya (RETRAK), DiscoverBrands, Danish Strategic Sector Co-operation ( SSC) and KEPSA under the P4G.
Dr. Kimemiah acknowledged that managing solid waste especially plastics bottles in Kiambu County has been a major challenge, therefore the project is timely since it will greatly assist in creating jobs, cleaning the environment making policy recommendations for proper waste management in the county.
In order to realize the circular model proposed by the project, there is need to create an enabling legislative environment for effective waste management, facilitate mindset shit for sorting waste at source and use of recycled products; in this regard Kiambu County welcomed the collaboration and will support the implementation of the project. In conclusion, the project will seek to harness the labour resource available in Kiambu County thus plugging into youth employability. Approximately 5600 youths have reformed from social ills such as alcoholism, these youths have been enrolled into TVET institutions, they will be trained and their capacity enhanced with regards to professional waste collection, segregation, and recycling in the County.