social enterprise and job creation via recycling of plastics in kenya

Creating Jobs through responsible waste management

Recycling as a sustainable enterprise

It is estimated that by 2050, at the current rate of use of plastics will lead to more plastics in the ocean than fish. We must challenge the current linear use and change our current approach to use for convenience rather than for sustainability.

This will require us to rethink the way we look for raw materials, how we use products and the way we dispose of them. This needs responsible solutions and processes to create better use of the plastics around us and at the end of the day we close the loop towards zero waste.

Within these solutions lies opportunities to change the way we live and interact with plastics. Most of these opportunities come from closing the loops in manufacturing, product design and packaging, shipping and adapting to new business models.

Recycling of plastics offers a strong foundation to explore and unlock opportunities within the circular economy and some reasons to mind.

  • While plastics will not be eliminated from the economy, recycling offers a great way to reuse and repurpose.
  • The adoption of the 7Rs of recycling within society and at home will provide a united effort.
  • As a social enterprise recycling offers employment opportunities to the most vulnerable in society as acts as a vehicle out of poverty for many.
  • In the larger picture our efforts are a case study that has seen the successful recycling of 54,000 tonnes of plastic waste over the last 10 years.
  • To manufacturers, recycling delivers the same high value products and raw materials for manufacturing

The UN Sustainable Development Goals provide a framework of challenges meant tackle the world’s most pressing social, economic, and environmental challenges in the lead-up to 2030.

Vintz Plastics is keen to contribute towards the UN sustainable development goals. We work with our partners in community based organizations, businesses and communities to collect and recycle 4 of the main types of plastics waste. Within this process is a model that allows for the manufacturing of high quality recyclates and feedstock for remanufacturing.

We go beyond the to create a social enterprise that seeks to alleviate poverty and promote heathier living environments especially for informal settlements near by dump sites.

UN Sustainable development Goal No. 1 End poverty in all its forms everywhere

1. No Poverty

Working locally with community-based organizations, businesses and communities allows the company to offer direct employment to over 115 employees and regular employment to over 2,500 indirectly.

UN Sustainable development Goal No. 3 Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

3. GOOD HEALTH AND WELL-BEING

Recognizing the impact of plastic pollution, our collection centres play a vital role in reducing the impact of plastic waste that ends up in rivers and creating cleaner environment for all.

UN Sustainable development Goal No. 6 Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

6. CLEAN WATER AND SANITATION

Collectors can exchange plastic for clean drinking water at Collection Centres. Our corporate partners help to provide soap, shampoo, feminine hygiene, and other sanitation products to our Collector communities. Furthermore, the removal of plastic from waterways reduces the toxicity of local water supplies.

UN Sustainable development Goal No. 7 Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

7. AFFORDABLE AND CLEAN ENERGY

Throughout the recycling process, high quality feedstock is produced that can be utilised as fuels.

UN Sustainable development Goal No. 8 Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

8. DECENT WORK AND ECONOMIC GROWTH

Throughout the logistical process that collects and transports the waste, we have made sure in all collection centers, strict health and safety protocols are followed. We also ensure we uphold labor policies and fair wages to our employees as per the constitution of Kenya.

UN Sustainable development Goal No. 9Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

9. INDUSTRY, INNOVATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE

Working with a scalable model, Vintz plastics has successfully run 4 collection and processing facilities in Kenya for the last 11 years. We work with our partners and collaborators within the industry to invest in an infrastructure network that closes the key loops in the circular economy.

UN Sustainable development Goal No. 10 Reduce inequality within and among countries

10. REDUCED INEQUALITIES

By providing employment and opportunities aimed directly at the most affected communities and bridging the gap to provide livelihoods.

UN Sustainable development Goal No. 11 Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

11. SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND COMMUNITIES

Our waste management policies are built around the circular economy. These measures and continued investment in innovation are put in place to ensure that the cities, towns and estates we live in are sustainable in the future.

UN Sustainable development Goal No. 12 Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

12. RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION

We work with our partners and companies though out the plastics value chain to reduce the demand for virgin plastics by strengthening our collection and production process to develop high quality recyclates alternatives. This goes a long way in reducing the depletion of natural resources.

UN Sustainable development Goal No. 13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

13. CLIMATE ACTION

The manufacturing of plastics and the properties of plastics make them among the biggest contributors to climate change. Through the sustainable use of natural resources and the adoption of recycled products, Vintz plastics is taking the right steps to better conservation through reduced consumption. By offering alternatives to Virgin plastic and recycling over 400 tonnes of plastic waste annually, Vintz plastics is setting the pace in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and working towards a greener environment.

UN Sustainable development goal No 14 Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

14. LIFE BELOW WATER

In recognition of the impact plastic pollution has to water bodies, we are doing our part to reduce plastic waste in rivers, lakes and oceans; and recycling it back into the circular economy.

17. PARTNERSHIP FOR THE GOALS

A circular economy requires strong collaboration throughout the major steps in the value chain. Vintz plastics has built a network over the last 10 years of partners to work together in cooperation to uphold and meet the Sustainable Development Goals.

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