On Thursday October 7, 2021, Kenya became the latest and 12th country to join the Global Plastics Pact Network; the 2nd in Africa after South Africa. The Kenya Plastics Pact (KPP) brings together organisations from across the plastics value chain towards 2030 circular economy targets which include:
- Elimination of problematic or unnecessary single-use packaging items through redesign, innovation or reuse delivery models.
- 100% of plastic packaging to be reusable or recyclable
- 40% of plastic packaging effectively recycled
- 15% average recycled content across all plastic packaging
In Kenya, the initiative will be led by the Sustainable Inclusive Business (SIB).
At the time of launch, the Kenya Plastics Pact membership already covered the entire plastics value chain with leading organizations from across the country. The founding members are: Base Titanium, BIDCO Group, BioFoods, Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA), Ecocycle Enterprises, Ecoworld Recycling, EmpowerEco, Florensis, Green Pavers, L’Oréal East Africa, Rintz Industries, Recykla International, Silafrica, T3, Takataka Solutions, The Coca-Cola Company, and Vintz Plastics.
The Pact is officially supported by the Kenyan Government through the Ministry of Environment, and also by Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA), Kenya Extended Producer Responsibility Organization (KEPRO), Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM), the Retail Trade Association of Kenya (RETRAK), WWF Kenya, WEEE Center, Together For Better Foundation, Tierranjani Africa, the Kenya PET Recycling Company (PETCO), the Nairobi Waste Pickers Association and the Ajira Digital and Employment Program.