African international consumer goods companies operating under the aegis of
Africa CEO Forum, has launched the Africa Plastics Recycling Alliance during their meeting at the beautiful city of Kigali, Rwanda’s capital.
This business alliance include African giants like; Diageo, Unilever, Coca Cola Company, and Nestlé. Their aim is to take the advantage of plastic waste in Sub Saharan Africa by using it to create jobs and for other commercial purposes to the benefit of Africans in the region. It is also hoped that the alliance will enhance collection and recycling of plastic waste in the zone.
This alliance is further targeted at ensuring public-private partnership and collaborations, sharing knowledge, so as to provide technical and innovative solutions and support their subsidiaries and other industries.
The companies also plans to take part in local initiatives in Sub-Saharan Africa as well as engage investors, policy makers and other stakeholders to ensure cooperation and funds for the establishment of needed infrastructure to manage waste.
In a statement made available by the Africa Plastics Recycling Alliance, they noted that “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,” the companies said in a joint statement”.
Going further, the group maintained that such collaboration was required for effective profitability and advantage of African companies and her citizens.
“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,” the statement concludes.