Kenya now has a Sustainable Waste Management Act. Enacted by President Uhuru Kenyatta, the 2021 legislation provides for the establishment of a Waste Management Board, mandatory extended producer responsibility programs, recovery of household waste, and the closure of illegal landfills in all 47 counties of the East African country.
These provisions were inspired by the input of several environmental organizations such as the Kenyan branch of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), whose work led to the inclusion of circular economy principles in the new law. “The law puts in place measures across the waste value chain, including an extended producer responsibility (EPR) mechanism that will facilitate the ambition to eliminate plastic in nature. This will be achieved mainly through the mobilization of all,” says Jackson Kiplagat, Head of Conservation Programs at WWF-Kenya.
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