Government implements plastic bags ban as reality dawns on customers

The government’s ban on usage of plastic bags from Monday was realized country wide with most supermarkets and outlets visited by KNA team witnessing enormous supply of alternative non-plastic packaging material.

The ban also resulted in job creation for Nakuru youths who formed companies to make and market non- plastic bags while other Kenyans, especially those previously working in plastic manufacturing industries, lost employment.

In Kabarnet, Baringo County, the ban was received with mixed reaction but majority of customers to supermarkets and food joints could be seen carrying their merchandise in reusable packages. But some men claimed that outlawing plastic bags gave them an excuse not to be send by spouses to do shopping.

Butchers, shopkeepers, hoteliers and grocers in Vihiga complained of inconveniences experienced in service delivery arguing satisfying their customers will be expensive as they will be forced to buy alternative packaging material.

They also accused NEMA of failure to involve the public in the implementation of the environmental legislation banning plastic bags hence lack of preparedness witnessed.

Thika OCPD Willie Simba told reporters his officers were helping NEMA implement the ban in the town and it’s environ. Shoppers could be seen carrying goods in kiondos while at Tuskys, Naivas and Nakumatt customers were provided with cloth or paper bags.

Similar scenes were witnessed in Kajiado, Kilifi, Makueni and Maua while traders in Narok claimed that they will incur losses amounting to Sh. 3million as most of them had stocked plastic bags to last a year, says area Chamber of Commerce chairman, David Mpatiany.

Mpatiany wants the government to compensate the businesss community for the heavy losses or they will close shop.

Source: Kenya News Agency