Major consumer goods firms including Unilever, The Coca Cola Company, Diageo and Nestlé have launched an alliance to create jobs and improve the collection and recycling of plastics in Sub Saharan Africa.
The new Africa Plastics Recycling Alliance was announced at the CEO Africa Forum in Kigali, Rwanda, and aims to turn the current plastic waste problem into opportunities for the country.
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This alliance has been created for companies to:
- Facilitate and support their local subsidiaries to engage proactively in market level public private partnerships, industry collaboration and alliances
- Share knowledge, encourage innovation and collaborate on technical and other solutions appropriate for Sub-Saharan Africa, as well as take part in local pilot initiatives
- Engage with the investment community, policy makers and others to accelerate the development and financing of the necessary waste management infrastructure and systems.
The Africa Plastics Recycling Alliance said: ““Plastics will remain an important packaging material if we are to give African consumers the safe and affordable products they need. However, we need to ensure that used packaging does not end up as litter. 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. Collaboration within and across markets will be key to success so we are proud to launch the Africa Plastics Recycling Alliance today to increase those efforts and play our part as companies in finding solutions that work for Africa.”