The Nairobi-based Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding with US firm PANELTECH to advance the circular economy in the continent through sustainable waste management.
Mithika Mwenda, executive director of PACJA said a partnership with PANELTECH will enhance the recycling and reuse of plastic waste in Africa’s largest metropolises including Johannesburg, Lagos and Nairobi.
“Circular economy and waste management relate to climate action and many African countries have identified this and so has the Paris Agreement,” Mwenda said in a statement issued in Nairobi.
He said the partnership will help Africa tap into the expertise the firm brings on board to develop the infrastructure necessary for the circular economy in Africa.
Mwenda said that African countries should leverage public-private partnerships, innovations, and a conducive regulatory environment to boost the circular economy and tackle the pollution crisis.
He said the continent should tap into private sector capital, technology and expertise to promote waste recycling in cities and create new revenue streams for the youth.
According to Mwenda, the partnership with PANELTECH will revitalize engagement with policymakers, industry executives, and grassroots campaigners to raise the visibility of the circular economy in Africa.
He said that the enactment of sound policies and innovative financing is key to sustain plastic waste recycling enterprises in rapidly growing African cities.
Mwenda said that Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa have the potential to become circular economy hubs if governments partnered with industry and civil society to support youth-owned start-ups engaged in waste recycling.
He said that the Kenyan capital, Nairobi generates 2,475 tons of waste daily while Nigeria’s commercial city of Lagos disposes of about 7,000 tons of solid waste every day.
Leiven Tsai, CEO of PANELTECH said that the development of a robust circular economy in Africa will hasten the realization of the continent’s green and sustainability agenda. He said that a business-led solution to the plastic waste crisis in African cities will tackle poverty, unemployment, and poor health outcomes in the continent. Enditem