National Environment and Management Authority (NEMA) will continue with awareness creation over the ban on plastic carrier bags in Kajiado County.
According to Kajiado County NEMA Director Godfrey Wafula, the Authority will partner with Kajiado County Government to sensitise the pubic on the usefulness of alternative bags.
Wafula said everyone ought to participate in effecting the ban and making it a reality.
The public should not entertain traders who are still hiding plastic bags and instead report the culprits to relevant authorities, he reiterated.
He said NEMA officials in Kajiado had arrested close to 20 people who were found using plastic bags.
The Director said NEMA was targeting suppliers of plastic bags who are still engaging in illegal business since the ban of plastics in Kenya was effected in August 2017.
It is illegal business to trade with plastic bags in the Country and NEMA will deal with those contravening it, he warned.
Wafula was speaking to Kenya News Agency during a brief interview in Kajiado NEMA offices Wednesday.
He said NEMA will partner with the County Government to put up billboards in a bid to raise awareness and also work with other stakeholders to provide alternative bags to the residents.
He noted that some people in the rural areas had not taken the ban of plastics bags seriously and it was not a surprise to get people still using plastic bags.
The Director said major beneficiaries of the ban were the pastoralist communities as their livestock was now safe from eating the plastic bags which affects their growth and productivity.
Wafula however, lauded the residents for accepting change and adjusting to use alternative bags which is now making the environment clean.
A pastoralist, Josphat Lenana hailed the government’s move to implement the ban on the use of plastic bags in the Country as they had been relieved of the threat to their livestock.
We are slowly reaping the benefits that the ban brought to our livestock as productivity has increased and poor growth is minimal, said Lenana.
The Ministry of Environment announced a fine of Sh50, 000 for anyone found with plastic shopping bags while manufacturers flouting the rule will be fined between Shs2 million and Sh4 million.
Source: Kenya News Agency