Kenya PET (PETCO), a company specialising in the recycling of polyethene terephthalate (PET) bottles and products, commissioned a solid waste treatment plant in Kajiado County capable of processing 10 tonnes of waste per day.
The Ksh 50 million facility is the first of its kind built in the county.
“We are very pleased to launch this important facility that will not only offer environmental sustainability to this county but also offer job opportunities to the youth through our enterprise initiative dubbed “Taka ni Mali”, said PETCO Chairman, David Olang’.
The facility which is a brainchild of a local organization Taka Taka ni Mali Corporative Society, and the County Government of Kajiado through the first lady H.E. Edna Lenku, seeks to ensure environmental sustainability while offering employment opportunity for youth in the county.
PETCO Kenya works with 14 partners to mop-up plastic bottles across the country through initiating and growing waste collection and segregation centers. These centers have developed into important innovation facilities as they produce useful items from the waste collected and segregated.
Some of the partners include; Coca-Cola Beverages Africa Limited, Kevian Kenya Limited, Unilever Kenya Limited, and Naivas Limited.
“We believe in the collective Extended Producer responsibility. Some of our partners such as Coca-Cola Beverage Africa Limited committed to make all its packaging 100% recyclable by 2025 and use 50% recycled material in their bottles and cans by 2030.”