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PLASTICS AND ENVIRONMENT:
The East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) has enacted a tax on polyethylene packaging in Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Kenya, the five partner states of the East African Community (EAC). The parliamentary bill was initiated by Rwanda to provide a legal framework for regulating plastics consumption as a way of protecting the environment. Rwanda initially sought a total ban on manufacture or imports of plastics generally, but this was blocked by Kenya, which has a thriving plastics industry.
Estimates say that Kenya has 42 PE manufacturing plants employing more than 9,000 people directly and another 80,000 indirectly. Kenya’s legislators are said to have argued that a total ban would endanger the country’s considerable investment in the sector. Its view was that the legislation should focus on waste management through the “polluter pays” principle and that proceeds of the levies should be used to finance recycling.
Coca-Cola Beverages Africa in Uganda joins hands with other companies to promote recycling of plastic:
UGANDA – Coca-Cola Beverages Africa in Uganda has partnered with Nice House of Plastics, Kampala City Council Authority (KCCA) and Stanbic Bank to promote responsible use and re-cycling of plastic as part of its efforts to rid the world of plastic waste.
Studies estimate that, an average of 1,500 tonnes of plastic waste are generated daily in the country, with only 500 tonnes properly managed.
This indicates a collection efficiency of 30%, implying that most of the waste generated is not safely recycled and goes into the environment.
The parties, according to Business Focus, inked a Memorandum of Understanding showing their commitment towards the initiative which will support waste management projects undertaken in the country’s capital, Kampala and help plastic waste collection centres increase their capacity to collect, safely dispose and recycle plastic waste.
“We believe in doing business the right way – and insist on this throughout our value chain. Plastic Recycling Industries is an initiative under which we fund the collection and delivery of plastic waste from the environment and recycle it into raw materials that can be put to end use manufacture.
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