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Awash with plastic bottles and lacking a law, Kenya struggles to recycle

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By ITN News Editor March 8, 2019 13:20

Awash with plastic bottles and lacking a law, Kenya struggles to recycle

As global concern over plastic pollution rises, corporate giants such as Coca-Cola and Unilever are pumping cash into a recycling initiative in Kenya they hope will provide a model for other developing countries. However, the voluntary scheme lacks legal backing, leaving a few companies to pick up the bill for everyone a problem that doomed a similar program here before. Many multinationals are scrambling to support recycling, stung by criticism from environmentalists over pollution and keen to be able to re-use valuable polyethylene terephthalate plastic. Single-use plastic is a key topic at next week’s global United Nations Environmental Program summit.

Meanwhile, a small business in Munich is trying to prove that groceries can be bought without using plastic packaging. “Without,” a little store in the Bavarian capital, offers products from bread or cheese, to pasta or detergent, with no residual waste. Customers can bring jars, bottles or cloth bags to take their goods with them and the weight of the packaging is then deducted at checkout. Chrissi Traub, the co-managing director, says it is a supermarket for the future. In Koblenz, Friederike Stock has been taking samples from the Rhine for three years while doing her research at the Koblenz Federal Institute of Hydrology.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor March 8, 2019 13:20
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