What is the Kenya Plastics Pact?
The Kenya Plastics Pact is a trailblazing, collaborative multi-stakeholder platform established to help create a circular economy for plastics in Kenya. We bring together organizations from across the plastics value chain to address system challenges in plastic waste management and pollution.
The three key principles in the Kenya Plastic Pact vision are to eliminate plastics we don’t need, innovate to ensure that the plastics we do need are reusable, or recyclable, and circulate the plastics we use to keep them in the economy and out of the environment.
A circular economy for plastic packaging in which it never becomes waste.
The Kenya Plastics Pact aims to address the barriers to circularity in the plastic packaging sector through public-private collaborations and uniting the sector behind an ambitious set of targets adapted to the local reality.
Within our platform, we stimulate industry-led innovation, dialogue, and collaboration to create new business models, generate job opportunities, and unlock barriers to move towards the circular economy for plastic, with improved economic, environmental, and societal outcomes overall.
We use various mechanisms including working groups with active participation from the value chain and other key stakeholders to design strategies, action plans, commitments and guidance that will support in achieving the targets. Scoping and implementing flagship projects to overcome key challenges, as well as working on attracting investment and funding to unlock critical opportunities that accelerate circularity.
The Pact identifies ways of integrating the informal waste sector and the civil society in the solutions that are built to meet the targets; which is crucial to achieving a circular economy. It further supports the Kenyan recycling sector by delivering jobs, skills, and investment opportunities.
- a) Engagement
- Through associations and representative bodies.
- Included in projects and the shaping of the roadmap.
- Invited to the Advisory Group.
- b) Integration
- Long-term, KPP targets will improve economic viability through improved design (Target 2) and developing stronger markets for collected plastics (Target 4).
- Champion needs of the waste pickers in projects and guidance.
- Champion and support the existing ‘good’ initiatives with a view to greater roll out in more locations and get more funding/corporate support.
- Initiate specific programs with businesses to support the workers through (accreditation, credits, data platforms, training, welfare, etc).
- Learn from other markets where the informal sector is crucial.
The Kenya Plastics Pact complements and accelerates existing government programs, initiatives, and policies towards a circular economy for plastic in Kenya, including the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Regulations:
- Ambitious, collective Targets (reporting process to track progress).
- Involvement of the whole value chain.
- It’s a program of collaborative actions to advance the Kenyan plastics system.
- Comprehensive view from design to end-markets.
- Direct international collaboration to share and inspire best practices.
- Securing external funding to support Kenyan solutions.
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