When referring to any of the results of our analysis and/or its concept and design, please cite us accordingly:
Global Plastics Policy Centre (2022) March A., Salam, S., Evans, T., Hilton, J., Fletcher, S. (editors). Global Plastics Policy Review. Revolution Plastics, University of Portsmouth.
Kenya The 2019/20 national budget statement (incentives for plastic recycling)View the policy document
Key FindingsView the policy document
This policy aimed to exempt all services offered to plastic recycling plants and supply of machinery and equipment used in the construction of these plants from Value Added Tax (VAT). It also aimed to further encourage investment in plastic recycling by lowering corporation tax to 15% for the first five years for any investor operating a plastic recycling plant (The National Treasury and Planning, n.d.).
Progress has likely been made towards meeting some objectives, but since no indicators to monitor the policy were provided, it is not possible to assess the full extent of the effects of this policy. According to the United Nations Environmental Organization, Kenya still does not have enough incentives that promote recycling and improved waste management (Akinyi, 2021). Research indicates that Kenya would likely benefit from waste management sensitization by government and non-governmental organisations and that its national government need to be encouraged to establish legal frameworks and take actions that will incentivize people, organisations and companies on the need to invest largely in the waste recovery and recycling industry (Akinyi, 2021).
This policy has had some effect on reducing plastic pollution. However the quantities of recycled plastic in Kenya still remain low (Solitei & Skanda, 2022; Okolla, 2022). In addition, some organisations believe that promoting plastic recycling is more likely to increase plastic pollution than eliminating it (Solitei & Skanda, 2022; Okolla, 2022).
(Reviewed in Mar 2023)
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