Ban on plastic use challenged in Court

Manufacturers have on Tuesday moved to Court to quash a directive by the Ministry of Environment banning the use, manufacture and importation of all plastic bags used for packaging set to take effect on August 28, 2017.

Through their umbrella body, the Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM), the manufacturers argue that the ban will result to economic sabotage as millions of Kenya are directly or indirectly involved in plastic business.

In a letter written and signed by KAM Chief Executive Officer ( CEO), Phyllis Wakiaga the manufacturers said that the Gazette Notice No 2356 of 2017 on the ban of the use, manufacture and importation of plastic bags will create a vacuum in the business sector.

The imminent loss of 20,000 direct and 400,000 indirect jobs can be turned around into job creation and more tax for the government if their proposal for waste management is adopted instead of the total ban, said Wakiaga in a letter signed today.

The letter partly said that the legal notice of 2017 did not comply with the Statutory Instruments Act of 2013, further arguing that there was no adequate stakeholder consultation.

The Environment Cabinet Secretary, Judi Wakhungu, had given the manufacturers six months to cease production of polythene bags and ensure no stock was left over in circulation.

She maintains that it will bring more benefits than harm.

According to the Environment Ministry, plastic bags will no longer be in use after the gazetted time.

Source: Kenya News Agency