The plastic bags will no longer be in use from AUGUST 28, 2017

The Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Prof Judi Wakhungu on 28th February 2017, through a gazette notice No. 2536 banned the use, manufacture and importation of plastic carrier bags constructed with handles and with or without gussets and flat bags constructed without handles and with or without gussets meant for household and commercial packaging with effect from 28th August, 2017. NEMA is implementing the ban.

NEMA is implementing the ban.To set the lead on implementation of this notice, the Authority has been declared a PLASTIC FREE ZONE effective from 31st July 2017. This has been implemented in all NEMA premises-Headquarters and all the 47 NEMA County offices.

In an internal memo to the staff, the NEMA Director General, Prof Geoffrey Wahungu noted that compliance should be adhered to by all staff and clients.

Prof Wahungu further added that it is critical for the Authority to take lead and set an example in implementing the ban. He further added that all waste shall be sorted in accordance to the various waste streams and waste collection bins/skips shall be clearly labelled for that purpose.




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The government has banned the use, manufacture and importation of all plastic bags for commercial and household packaging.

This follows a move by the CS Environment Prof Judi Wahungu to gazette on February 28th, 2017 the ban that will see the country eradicate plastic bags menace. The increased use of plastic bags has been the leading cause of environmental degradation.

Speaking during an interview with Citizen TV yesterday, NEMA Director General Prof Geoffrey Wahungu said the banning of plastic carriers will play a critical role in fostering a clean and healthy environment for all.



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