Towards Attaining a Clean and Safe Environment

Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi interacts with Mr. Chiaki Takiguchi

A team from Japan-based Tobe Shoji Company Limited led by Mr. Chiaki Takiguchi paid a courtesy call to the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi, July 6, 2022.

The visit follows a collaboration agreement reached last year between Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), through the Institute of Energy and Environmental Technology (IEET), and Tobe Shoji Company Limited towards the establishment of a recycling plant in the University for used PET bottles.

Appreciating Tobe Shoji Company Limited for choosing JKUAT as a partner in addressing the menace caused by PET bottles to the environment, Prof. Ngumi said JKUAT is glad to tap into the expertise of one of the biggest recycling company in Tokyo.

“I have no doubt that this collaboration will bring to the fore innovative and effective eco-friendly solutions geared towards a clean and safe environment,” said Prof. Ngumi.

She further said that the establishment of the recycling plant will go a long way in enhancing the JKUAT’s technology transfer component.

“As a University, we strive to undertake research that is beneficial to society. We will use this collaboration to inform the community around us on the importance of recycling and train them on solid waste management,” opined Prof. Ngumi.

Mr. Takiguchi said they strive to establish a plant that fits industrial standards and was confident that the efforts of the collaboration will significantly enhance solid waste recycling and reduce environmental pollution.

On his part, Director, IEET, Prof. Joseph Kamau thanked the University Management for availing of the premises that will host the recycling plant and said the University, especially students undertaking environmental related courses, will benefit from the capacity building aspect of the project.

Through the collaboration, IEET is also considering developing a solid waste management programme to complement the objectives of the project.

The project, being implemented under JICA’s public-private partnership programmes, will target and benefit Nairobi, Machakos, Kiambu, Kajiado, Nakuru, Mombasa, and Kisumu counties. To enhance sustainability and curb environmental degradation, the plant shall be handed over and transferred to JKUAT for further operation and maintenance.

Collaboration between JICA, JKUAT, through IEET, and Tobe Shoji Company Limited towards the establishment of a recycling plant in the University for used PET bottles

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