The potential of Africa's plastic market and its impact on plastic waste management
Kutten, Kenneth (2019)
School of Energy Systems, Konetekniikka
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Plastics ever since its commercial production have been utilized in the packaging of items globally and more so in developing countries due to its characteristics such as lightweight, versatility and durability. Therefore, making it suitable for food and beverage packaging in Africa. However, the over-reliance of the African population on plastic as a cheap means of packaging may have some drawbacks due to the lack of proper plastic waste management systems and policies in many cities in Africa. Subsequently, making plastic waste a health and environmental hazard. Therefore, this thesis discusses the plastic market potential, challenges and initiatives that have been utilized in plastic waste management in Africa to ensure environmental sustainability. With the conclusion that the reliance of the African continent on plastic packaging currently would increase and therefore more efforts are required to curb the menace of plastic waste. Besides, more stringent systems must be prioritized such as the implementation of new systems such as green taxes and enforcement of already existing policies. These would minimize the environmental impact of plastic waste by consciously bringing a paradigm shift in behaviors of corporate organizations, communities, households, and individuals.