Treasure in Trash: A Case Study of PET Plastic Recycling

By Shamim Samani.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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As many developing countries like Kenya become more consumerist societies, the consumption of plastics increases at an alarming rate. Though per capita consumption is low in comparison with industrialized countries, plastic application in low-cycle products pose environmental problems in countries where solid waste goes mostly to landfill. Plastic waste accounts for about 12% of total solid waste in the form of various products and packaging, and as mostly a non-biodegradable product is a long-term pollution liability. To limit the amount of material in the “waste stream”, a sustainable solution is recycling. This paper focused on a practical case study examines the sustainability elements of a private sector venture to recycle PET (a plastic used in the manufacture of beverage bottles) in Mombasa, Kenya.

Keywords: Economic Environment Sustainability, Plastic Waste-Management, Recycling

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 4, Issue 3, pp.101-112. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.664MB).

Dr. Shamim Samani

PhD candidate, Institute for Sustainability and Technology Policy, Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Currently doing my PhD at Murdoch University with a focus on social sustainability, I have a Master’s in Ecologically Sustainable Development (also from Murdoch). After obtaining my Bachelor’s (Hons) in Economics from Kingston University in the UK, I worked as an Economics teacher at a high school in Kenya. My interests include waste management, overseas aid and development, gender in development and sustainable development strategies for developing countries.


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