Nairobi- Jan 3, 2021: The Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) and the Recycling Marketplace (RMP) entered into a Memorandum of understanding in December, 2020 that will see manufacturing companies, primarily KAM members, use the Recycling Marketplace to exchange materials in order to increase recycling, re-use and the growth of circular economy practices within the manufacturing sector.
The Recycling Marketplace (RMP) is an online circular economy accelerator platform that allows businesses, organizations, and institutions to connect and find the best reuse and recycling solutions for waste and by-product materials. Additionally, it is a one-stop platform where recycling news, information, and knowledge is democratized for the benefit of society and industry drivers to create measurable, sustainable impact.
As part of the understanding, KAM and RMP will work to extend recycled content, waste diversion, industrial symbiosis and track the overall performance of how the sector is performing. Through this initiative, KAM hopes with increased materials availability opportunities, the manufacturing sector can grow sustainably, creating green jobs in the process while reducing the amount of waste that ends up in dumpsites and our environment. The Recycling Marketplace will also help KAM members demonstrate recognition for their initiatives to help strengthen circular economy practices. The two organizations will collaborate on market education and outreach efforts to “expand the circle” beyond manufacturers by including other sectors that form part of the manufacturing ecosystem to drive development and create new recycling and reuse market opportunities with business, industry, and consumers in Kenya.
“KAM has been championing the idea that circular economy is all about using and reusing materials in a continuous loop to avoid degrading the same environment we want to go back to for more virgin materials. If companies can find value in something that another company no longer needs, it is possible to get this circularity of materials. The next thing is to have these companies find each other quickly and exchange these materials. That is why we agreed to partner with RMP to actualize this sequence of events.” said Phyllis Wakiaga, Chief Executive Officer of KAM. “The Recycling Marketplace facilitates the need to find and create value from tons of materials that would ordinarily be considered waste on an industrial level, and RMP can support our members through auditing and validating their waste diversion performance to strengthen and support the growth of the reuse marketplace.” She added.
“This collaboration advances KAM’s and RMP’s shared goals of enabling new post-Covid-19 opportunities for sustainable economic growth that does not depend exclusively on extracting or importing more raw materials or buying new,” said Mucai Kunyiha, Chairman of KAM. He continued, “The marketplace helps scale recycling, reuse and generates cost savings, energy savings, CO2 reductions and helps create new greener jobs. But this partnership with RMP offers more than that to our members. It will facilitate access to those searching for more circular products and services from more sustainable organizations and create an inclusive re-use materials “commodities” exchange or futures market with the manufacturing sector being at the heart of it.”
“We are excited about this partnership. During this pandemic hit new normal, manufacturers will be using the Marketplace platform to source materials and find new solutions for the historically challenging wastes and by-products with minimum in-person interactions. Recycling entrepreneurs can use the platform to build new reuse and recycling businesses and recycling companies can uncover new customers and end-markets,” said John Kabuye Kalungi, the developer of the Recycling Marketplace platform. He added, “We are encouraging other sectors especially post-consumer waste producers, to use the platform because their materials provide valuable feedstock to the manufacturing sector.”
KAM has been at the forefront of this transition towards sustainable waste management practices in Kenya. In October 2020, KAM in partnership with the KEPSA Foundation and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands launched the Strategic Business Plan for the establishment of a Plastic Producer Responsibility Organization (PRO) in Kenya.
The PRO will drive collective Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) in the country whereby, a producer’s responsibility for a packaging product is extended to the post-consumer stage of a product’s life-cycle whilst converting plastic waste into a valuable resource.