Thursday, November 30, 2023

PETCO Kenya rebrands to the Packaging Producer Responsibility Organisation -PAKPRO

In an effort to create a fit for purpose producer responsibility organization that will  handle all non-hazardous packaging on behalf of our membership. The move to rebrand PETCO is as  a result of the recent events after the gazettement of the Sustainable Waste Management Act, The  Ministry of Environment and Forestry has been working on and the development of the Extended  Producer Responsibility Regulations Draft (EPR), where the producer responsibility organizations are  required to manage all non-hazardous packaging as one of the listed categories

The EPR regulations propose there are five categories that each producer will be required to join a  Producer Responsibility Organization (PRO), which will undertake several activities on behalf of the  producer to ensure their packaging does not affect the environment. These activities include  recovery, collection, sorting, recycling, and treatment.

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The Packaging Producer Responsibility Organisation has been actively involved in the development  of various policies and pieces of legislation in an effort to spur the growth of a circular economy in  the country. The Sustainable Waste Management Act, 2022, the Extended Producer Responsibility  regulations (Draft) and the Extended Producer Responsibility guidelines all seek to ensure that  producers of

PAKPRO has held consultative engagements with various stakeholders, including the government,  industry players, recyclers, collectors and developed a model that seeks to address the challenges in  the existing value chains for various materials. Through our County Sustainable Waste Management  Implementation Program we seek to establish material transfer stations across all 47 counties in an  effort to recover recyclables as well as offering bottom of the pyramid collectors direct access to  market for their collections, at a fair price.

PAKPRO commits to improving awareness by increased educational activities among the Kenyan  public on issues related to segregation and collection. In addition, the scheme will be implementing a  model for value chain support to stimulate collection and increase consumptive demand for recycled  products. There is already existing recycling capacity and infrastructure in the country that has been  developed over the years for various packaging materials, and our model will seek to continue to the  maximize use of this.

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The success of a circular economy requires collaboration beyond the traditional boundaries of  business operators. This partnership will ensure that both partners bring together a network of  producers, collectors, suppliers, and other key stakeholders.

General Remarks from the Chairman  

Our new brand symbolizes our relentless pursuit of excellence and the unwavering dedication of our  incredible team toward creating a circular economy. It represents our shared values, our passion for  progress, and our unwavering commitment to making a positive impact. It signifies our ability to adapt  to the ever-changing needs of our membership and our readiness to embrace new opportunities in  the new legislative era.

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