The government is committed to transition the country from a linear model to a space where raw materials are collected and transformed to products in a circular economy model. The Cabinet Secretary for Environment Soipan Tuya says the aim is to transform waste to being useful as it is returned to the economy.
Soipan adds that her ministry is keen to pass the extended producer responsibility regulations and revise the waste regulations 2006 to include all kinds of waste. This comes as the government fast tracks new regulations to compel producers to bear extended responsibility of pollution in the cycle of the products they produce.
A proposal is also in the works to have stakeholders raising awareness on the management of post consumer products that they manufacture. George Wachiuri, Chairman of the Optiven Foundation, has this to say about the company’s sustainability agenda
Statement by George Wachiuri, Chairman, Optiven Foundation
As Optiven Foundation we advocate for value addition to waste including the responsibility for pollution. With the roll out of the Go Green initiative, we are happy about the step by the government to encourage a circular economy kind of arrangement.
Through our advocacy and communication strategy, we have recognized key players in the improvement of waste handling and value addition through the GoGreen Awards and now are happy with the move to hold accountable producers to manage their waste. We hope this will extend to other stakeholders across the other sectors. If we don’t do this, climate change will continue to ravage our planet.
George Wachiuri is a leading Entrepreneur, a Published Author, Philanthropist, Youth Empowerment Enthusiast, a Family man and CEO of Optiven Group.