Sh4m or jail term of four years if found with plastic bag after August 28
SEE ALSO :Market to be closed over plastic bags“We do not wish to go that route; however, that is what is provided by the Act,” she said. National Environment Management Authority (Nema) Director General Geoffrey Wahungu said they were working on criminal charges for non-compliant individuals with the help of county governments. ALSO READ No looking back on plastic bags ban, Nema declares “We are working towards domestication of the law for small offenders and hoping for assistance from the counties in implementing it,” said Mr Wahungu.
SEE ALSO :Two arrested for possessing plastic bagsThe CS said Kenyans should inculcate the habit of carrying alternative products because regulating bags could mitigate harmful impacts on the environment. “Reducing bags use can also relieve pressure on landfills and waste management,” she said, adding that the ban would also create a good platform for local products and in turn boost the economy. “Alternative products such as baskets will open up a new market that will boost the economy,” she said. This is not the first time Kenya has attempted to ban the use of plastic bags. Similar attempts were made in 2007 and 2011, both unsuccessfully. This is unlike Rwanda, the only country in the region that has managed to do away with the environmental pollutants.
SEE ALSO :Sale of plastic bags thrives despite ban“By mid-June next year, we will work on protecting our borders and entry points,” said the Nema boss. ALSO READ Fish packaging: With ban on plastics, crisis looms Ban on plastic bags starts
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