Wednesday, 9th June 2021, Nairobi: Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) has launched the Kenya Extended Producer Responsibility Organization (KEPRO) to address post-consumer waste in Kenya.
KEPRO brings together players in the value chain and aims to promote collaboration, seek commitment by waste material value chain players, and support transformation towards a circular economy in Kenya.
Speaking during the launch, Principal Secretary for Environment at the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Dr. Chris Kiptoo noted that the establishment of KEPRO is timely since it has come at a time when government is gearing up to implement the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Regulations.
“Kenya is among many countries facing challenges in both capability and capacity to recycle the high volume of waste generated. As such, we can no longer ignore the effects of irresponsible waste management. It is only through collaboration between all players in the value chain that we shall make strides towards sustainability and circular economy,” said Dr. Kiptoo.
Principal Secretary for Industrialization at the Ministry of Industrialization, Trade and Enterprise Development, Amb. Kirimi Kaberia highlighted government’s commitment to promoting green growth in the manufacturing sector, saying, “We shall continue to work with manufacturers, through KAM, to ensure the implementation of the 10-year green growth programme, to promote sustainable manufacturing in the country, as envisioned in the Kenya Industrial Transformation Project (KITP) 2015.”
Representing Kitui Governor and Council of Governors Trade and Investment Committee Chair Honourable Charity Ngilu, Kitui County Deputy Governor Dr Wathe Nzau appreciated local manufacturers for their efforts towards achieving a circular economy in the country.
“KAM has been an extremely responsible private sector partner to the government. It’s because of KAM’s Corporate Social Responsibility that manufacturers have founded KEPRO,” noted Honourable Ngwele.
KAM Chair, Mr Mucai Kunyiha reiterated the commitment of local manufacturers to adopting sustainable manufacturing in Kenya.
“As manufacturers, we must fully embed environmental and social sustainability in the heart of our operations. Most importantly, we need to collaborate with other players in the market such as government regulators, waste collectors and recyclers and the public for a successful transition to a circular economy,” said Mr Kunyiha.
KEPRO Chair Mr. Priyen Tanna underscored the role that KEPRO will play in spearheading the realization of a circular economy in the country, saying “We are confident that a circular economy will redefine the way organizations consider growth and is keen on collaborating with the key stakeholders to reduce waste, drive greater resource productivity, deliver a more competitive economy and reduce the environmental impacts of production and consumption.”
The launch of the KEPRO is in line with commitments made in the Kenya Plastic Action Plan, which seeks to enable a circular economy for the environmentally sustainable use and recycling of plastics in Kenya. It follows last year’s launch of a Strategic Business Plan for the establishment of a Plastic Producer Responsibility Organization (PRO) in the country. The Business Plan set out the direction of KAM’s priorities in the waste value chain and key action in effecting the steps towards a clean Kenya.
Also present were the Kenya Association of Waste Recyclers (KAWR) who were represented by their Secretary-General, Richard Kainika who gave remarks on behalf of the Association.
About Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM)
KAM is a Business Member Organization (BMO) representing value-add companies and associate services in Kenya. It’s members’ significant contribution to the economy is estimated at a quarter of the country’s Gross Domestic Product-GDP. The Association provides an essential linkage for co-operation, dialogue and understanding with the Government and other instrumental stakeholders by representing its members’ views and concerns through fact-based policy advocacy.
KAM promotes trade & investment, upholds standards, encourages the formulation, enactment and administration of sound policies that facilitate a competitive and progressive business environment while reducing the cost of doing business.
The Association houses the UN Global Compact Network Kenya chapter and its CEO – Ms. Phyllis Wakiaga is the Network Board Chair.
For more information please contact:
Sally Kahiu, Head of Corporate Communications and Marketing, Kenya Association of Manufacturers on 0706 322 488 or email email@example.com.
About Kenya Extended Producer Responsibility Organisation (KEPRO)
Kenya Extended Producer Responsibility Organization (KEPRO) is an initiative bringing together players in the waste value chain to address post-consumer waste in Kenya. Our aim is to increase national awareness and protect Kenya’s natural environment from waste and pollution. We are doing this by providing incentives and subsidies to improve the growth, efficiency and viability of the waste collection, sorting and recycling sector.
KEPRO’s mission is to foster inclusive platforms for players from production to recycling towards the Zero Waste concept for Circular Economy in Kenya
For more information please contact:
Grace Chege, Communications and Marketing Officer, Kenya Extended Producer Responsibility Organization (KEPRO) 0724561197 or firstname.lastname@example.org.