Five top production companies have come together to form an Africa Plastics Recycling Alliance at the Africa CEO Forum which recently took place in Kigali, Rwanda Capital.
Diageo, Unilever, the Coca-Cola Company and Nestle formed the alliance with the objective of turning the current plastic waste challenge into job opportunities by improving the collection of plastic waste in Sub Saharan Africa.
A statement released by the company revealed the Africa Plastics Recycling Alliance was created so the companies could initiate and support their local subsidiaries to be proactive in market level public-private partnerships, industry collaboration and alliances in the area of share knowledge, encourage innovation and collaborate on technical and other solutions appropriate for Sub-Saharan Africa as well as participate in local pilot initiatives.
It was also designed to engage with the investment community, policymakers and others to accelerate the development and financing of the necessary waste management infrastructure and systems.
“Plastics will remain an important packaging material if we are to give African consumers the safe and affordable products they need. Unfortunately, a lack of collection and recycling capacity in many African markets coupled with growing populations is creating a growing problem of plastics waste.
“We see an opportunity to tackle that problem in a way that creates jobs and reduces dependency on imported materials while alternatives to plastics are developed,” the statement stated.