In response to the imperative need for environmental conservation, Kenya is intensifying efforts to ensure the effective implementation of the Extended Producer Responsibility regulation (EPR).

The EPR, a critical component of the Sustainable Waste Management Act, mandates producers to acknowledge their products' environmental impact and mitigate pollution.

The Council of Governors, represented by its Chief Executive Officer Mary Mwiti, emphasized the pivotal role of counties in enforcing these regulations.

"True change begins at the grassroots level, and the counties are the core custodians of EPR," Mwiti underscored.

She urged collaborative efforts among government entities, private sectors, and communities to ensure comprehensive enactment.

Emily Waita, Chair of the KEPSA Environment, Water, and Natural Resources Sector Board, advocated for reinforcing regulatory compliance through voluntary initiatives like the Kenya Plastics Pact.

She highlighted the importance of aligning profit motives with sustainable practices, envisioning a future where prosperity intertwines with environmental responsibility.

NEMA's Director General, Mamo Boru Mamo, stressed the significance of stringent enforcement in safeguarding the environment.

"With unwavering commitment and everyone playing their role, we can ensure accountability and safeguard our environment for future generations," he emphasized.

Mamo urged steadfast adherence to principles of responsibility and integrity in the pursuit of sustainability.

Kenya's call for full compliance with the EPR reflects a broader commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainable development.

As stakeholders converge to uphold these regulations, the nation moves towards a greener and more resilient future.