Kenya is targeting to achieve a circular economy through improved waste management, Environment CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu has said.
She noted that the recent ban on some categories of plastics in the country was the first step towards establishing a well functioning recycling sector that would open job opportunities.
Prof. Wakhungu said that Kenyans were demanding green solutions to the economy which would be achieved if the government provided incentives to companies and individuals involved in the waste management.
The CS noted that her Ministry was determined to enter a green economy through acceptable technology and appropriate policies that would propel the country to a competitive advantage in the region.
Prof. Wakhungu was speaking when she received a team from Israel who paid a courtesy call on her to explore possibilities of investing in the waste management sector.
She recalled that President Uhuru Kenyatta and Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had recently signed a memorandum of understanding that centered on dry land forestry and waste management to improve the environment sector in Kenya.
The CS noted that waste management was a devolved function and confirmed that her Ministry was working closely with County Governments to convert widespread garbage dumpsites into economically viable landfills.
She suggested that the Nairobi county Government could convert the enormous and infamous Dandora dumpsite into a world class recreation park if they adopted the principals of circular economy of ‘make, use and dispose’ resources.
The Israel investors were led by Priyav Shah of Clean Green Kenya Initiative, who said the team planned to engage various counties to explore possibilities of Investing in solid waste management.
Source: Kenya News Agency