KENYA’S BAN ON USE OF PLASTIC BAGS TAKES EFFECT MONDAY

NAIROBI, Kenya’s ban on the use of plastic bags will come into effect on Monday and Cabinet Secretary (Minister) for the Environment Professor Judi Wakhungu says there is no turning back on the ban on plastic carrier bags.

She said here Thursday that political goodwill on the ban and the positive response from industry players towards use of eco-friendly bags would ensure that the elusive policy decision which failled to take off in 2007 and 2011 would go into effect without a hitch on Monday.

The global economy is losing more than 120 billion US dollars a year from single-use plastics. The annual production of 300 million tonnes of plastic with approximately 13 million tonnes ending up in water bodies will lead to the extinction of 600 marine species.

This, coupled by 2.5 kilogrammes of plastics which end up inside livestock, especially cows, is having a negative effect on livestock productivity.

Manufacturers who have often used the excuse of lack of public participation have their work cut out as the government insists sufficient time has been accorded prior to the ban on plastic bags. Young investors have also taken up the challenge and are producing eco-friendly carrier bags and Kenyans who sell plastic bags to retailers have had to change to selling eco-friendly bags.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK