Wednesday 24th December
The Private Sector is connected to the issue of waste in different ways.
- Responsibility for their waste from within the company (office waste, to waste while producing, etc), throughout the value chain up till the end consumer.
- Capability of the private sector to change issues around waste (power of supply chain and choices, power of the payroll, power of volume, power of producing in a different way).
- Opportunities for private sector to decrease negative impact, waste and also come up with business solutions.
Recently the plastic bag ban became active and this came with a few laws and regulations that still need to be sharpened to make sure the implementation of the ban works well. Overnight plastic bags and wrapping are not allowed but the alternatives are not always much better and collection, recycling and disposal of old bags has not been taken into account. The regulations point at the producers as the responsible entity for their plastic waste. The private sector therefore has a responsibility to address waste management issues as a business case.
KEPSA/SIB Kenya in collaboration with MVO Nederland and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands organized a plastic waste management Business Development Mission Roundtable whose objectives was to:
- Form coalition of the willing from the Plastic ‘users’ and Plastic ‘recyclers’ end.
- Share and exchange knowledge, issues, views and the need for solutions in the Kenyan context and identify relevant international laws and trends.
- Define possible solutions and assign key players to be part of implementation.
- Collectively address issues on policy level that KEPSA/SIB Kenya can take up with the Government (Kenyan government and possibly foreign Governments for capacity support).
- Discussion on Extended User/Producer Responsibility.
- Business linkage and match making.