Ministry of Environment and Forestry and members of the Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) will Friday, November 9 host a public forum on Polyethylene terephthalate (PET), a plastic used to make make soda and water bottles. It is also used to package food, beverages and pharmaceutical products.

After the plastic carrier bags were banned in Kenya, the then Environment Principal Secretary Charles Sunkuli openly differed with the environment regulator on the fate of water bottle plastics. National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) had announced that it will phase out the plastic bottles used by the multinational soda and water bottler. Mr Sunkuli overruled NEMA.

CocaCola would have been the most adversely affected if the company was compelled to revert to re-fillable glass bottles.

Under the auspices of KAM, Coca-Cola and other affected companies approached government for an alternative process that would allow plastic bottles to remain on condition they could re-use and manage the waste. A framework of Cooperation, whose details are unavailable, was later signed with the Ministry.

Its is then that a subsidiary PETCO was formed. As a way of securing stakeholders buy-in, the first National Polyethylene terephthalate forum on "Strengthening the PET Value Chain in Kenya for a Clean and Healthy Environment' will be held".

According to an invite from the Ministry PS Ali Noor Ismail, key stakeholders targeted at the forum will include manufacturers, consumer bodies, waste collectors and re-cyclers. 

Cofek will be attending the meeting and will be represented by our Vice Chairman Mr Benjamin Langwen who served at NEMA as Compliance and Enforcement Director. Thereafter, Cofek will give its considered position on the project.

The Federation has not been offered an opportunity to raise its' views at the forum according to the program to officiated by Environment PS and Trade & Industry Cabinet Secretary

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