Kenya PET recycling company (PETCO) has built a waste collection and segregation facility in Kajiado County at a cost of KES 50 million. The pelleting facility will has a processing capacity of up to 10 tonnes of PET per day.
The plant will employ over 100 locals who receive and sort the PET from various collectors as well as manage the equipment that crush them into pellets.
The facility 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.
“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’.
It was built in partnership with the County Government of Kajiado and the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA).
PETCO Kenya works with 14 partners to mop-up plastic bottles across Kenya through initiating and growing waste collection and segregation centres. These centres have developed into important innovation facilities as they produce useful items from the waste collected and segregated.
Some of the partners include; Kevian Kenya Limited, Unilever Kenya Limited, Naivas Limited and Coca-Cola Beverage Africa Limited has committed to make all its packaging 100% recyclable by 2025 and use 50% recycled material in their bottles and cans by 2030.