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More firms join plastic bottles mop-up plan



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A man cleans plastic bottles by the banks of River Ndarugu in Nakuru County. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

Newly formed recycling facilitator PetCo has received applications from four plastic product manufacturers to enhance ability to mop up waste plastic bottles and containers.

PetCo chief executive Joyce Waweru said the recyclers will provide a nationwide commercial network that pays collectors as an incentive to clean the environment.

A recycling firm, Mr Green, she said was the first to be licensed and has since signed a Sh30 million contract with consumer products maker, Unilever.

“Everyone making plastic containers, companies using them to package their products must enter into a partnership with us before seeking renewal of their licences from National Environmental Management Authority (Nema). This commitment affirms their support to fighting proliferation of waste plastic bottles and containers,” she said.

Ms Waweru said manufacturers will commit to paying an Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) fee to recyclers as subsidies.

Retailers and companies using newly made plastic bottles and containers to package their products are expected to make voluntary contributions.

The not for profit firm was launched last month following month-long negotiations between manufacturers and Nema, which sought to address the pollution menace to avert an impending ban on plastic bottles and containers.