A Chinese firm has started a 4.5 billion (US$ 45 million) plastic waste recycling company able to recycle 2,000 tonnes of PET bottles monthly.
WeeCo Recycling Company started its operations in Athi River and Mombasa, with a target of collecting and recycling plastic bottles into pellets which will later be converted into fibre and garment.
“We have entered into the Kenyan market to provide a lasting solution to the challenge posed by post-consumer PET bottles. Besides, we will provide employment opportunities, revenue for the exchequer and improve the standards of living for the collectors who will be supplied to us. We are able to recycle between 1,000 tonnes and 5,000 tonnes every month having established two processing lines in Nairobi and Mombasa,” Weeco Recycling Company Director Wang Zhangyin said.
Zhangyin made the remarks in Athi River when the firm signed a partnership contract with PETCO, Kenya PET Recycling Company which is an industry body mandated with the responsibility of regulating the management of post-consumer PET packaging in the country.
PETCO Kenya Chairman John Withaka said given that plastic has turned out to be a global challenge, then the company is set to play a critical role in the country as recycling will help in reducing the 8 million tonnes of plastics which make their way to the ocean.
“In line with our core strategy for 2019, which is to stimulate the collection and recycling of post-consumer PET packaging, aside from Weeco, we have also identified other recycling partners to be able to achieve our 2019 target of recycling 5,900 tonnes or 247 million bottles,” said Waithaka.
“PETCO will provide a price subsidy of Kshs.5 per kilogram of PET bottles collected and recycled by Weeco Limited, over and above the current purchasing price,” he said.
Other top officials who graced the event were County Government of Machakos Governor Dr. Alfred Mutua, National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) Director General Prof. Geoffrey Wahungu and the United Nations Environment Kenya Coordinator Dr, Cyrille Lazare.
PETCO has plans to call for national action on PET bottles collection, rolling out consumer awareness programs, implementing segregation programs, and also establish collection centers in several countries.
It is envisaged that this contract between PETCO and Weeco will complete the value chain which is critical in sustaining the demand of post-consumer PET packaging.
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