October 2017

Study on Plastic Packaging Flow in Kenya Launched

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The Danish Environmental Protection Agency (Miljøstyrelsen) has commissioned Eunomia and Capital Operating Partners to provide an estimation of the flow of plastic packaging waste in Kenya to inform the development of the country’s plastics recycling strategy.

Denmark is supporting sustainable development in Kenya as part of its Environmental Strategic Sector Cooperation programme, which aims to strengthen resource efficiency and circular economy capacity through partnership collaboration.

As a first step to developing a full recycling strategy for plastic packaging, Eunomia will provide a mass flow analysis of plastic packaging waste in Kenya. This analysis is to include estimates of the amounts of plastic packaging put on the market and subsequently collected for recycling each year, and will map the recyclers, importers and exporters of plastic packaging waste in the country.

Eunomia has a history of delivering critical waste data analysis, including a major study of EU waste statistics for the European Commission’s DG Environment, whom we are also currently advising on the development of the EU’s upcoming Plastics Strategy. Our project partner, Capital Operating Partners, is a Kenyan management consultancy with a focus on East African market intelligence that will bring country expertise to the project.

The mismanagement of plastic waste brings a range of negative environmental impacts, foremost those associated with plastic litter, both on land and in the marine environment. As public awareness of these problems continues to grow, this is a timely and important piece of work for Kenya that will help it move towards a more sustainable strategy for managing its plastic packaging waste.