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 March 14th, 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.
NEMA DG Prof Geoffrey Wahungu (L) in an interview with Citizen’s Dennis Otieno yesterday at their studios [PHOTO: S. IRUNGU/NEMA]
He expressed optimism that the government will support the enforcement of the banning and urged manufacturers to seek alternatives which are more environmental friendly. He also urged the public to support the ban especially on behavior change towards the use of plastic bags.
The plastic bags will no longer be in use six months from the date of publication of the Gazette notice.