Following the gazzetement of the law on ban of plastics, NEMA Kisii office in conjunction with Kisii county government department of Environment Water energy and Natural resources organized a sensitization workshop on 31st March 2017.
The workshop brought on board secondary users, traders, waste handlers and chamber of commerce. The meeting was focusing to educate the parties on the notice and to facilitate them with ideas to come up with alternatives before the commencement of the ban. They needed to be guided on how to limit their order levels so that they are not caught with a lot of polythene packaging stock when the ban is effected and they also needed to think of alternative packaging material.
In attendance was CEC in Charge of Environment who was Chair, CDE secretary, Chair Chamber of Commerce Kisii chapter, representatives of supermarkets operating within Kisii, Hawkers representatives, County commissioner representatives and officers from County Environment Department and NEMA and media persons.
The deliberations were fruitful although there was mixed reactions as they thought the time was too short and some also felt that they had never had about the gazzete notice as others were suggesting that the producers are the ones to be followed.
Some participants argued that the need to be provided with alternatives before the ban is effected and some even were arguing that the ban should be strictly on manufacturers.
Kisii NEMA CDE with other officials from County, national government and chamber of commerce responding to concerns from journalists [PHOTO: COURTESY]
It was encouraging that the stakeholders are positive despite the few concerns which were normal and as the ban means business will not be as usual as adjustments will need to be done which will either affect the business people or the ordinary citizen.
Assistant County Commissioner insisted that people should be ready to change as the security agencies will be there to see the law is followed and committed to assist any arm of government to make sure that the regulated community abides by the law.