Waste Management: Kenya Bans The Manufacturing And Use Of Plastic Paper Bags


The Kenyan government has banned the manufacturing, importation, and use of all plastic paper bags in the country.

Environment CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu made the announcement through a Gazette Notice dated March 14, 2017.

The notice said the carrier bags manufactured with handles and with or without gussets, or flat bags without handles and with or without gussets will not be put to use six months from now.

The new law is set to take effect from August 28, 2017.

The plastic paper bags have been categorized as the leading cause of environmental degradation and poor drainage systems.

Last year, Umoja MCA Njoroge Maina sponsored a bill aimed at encouraging the re-use of plastic paper bags or the use of alternatives to reduce the generation of plastic waste.

The bill meant that supermarket outlets would no longer be allowed to use such bags to package items for customers. Shoppers found carrying such bags in the city will also be fined.

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In Migori meanwhile, county vehicles were on Wednesday dumped with garbage by residents in a demonstration of poor collection services.

The incident happened as Elijah Odhiambo, the county executive for the environment, natural resources, and disaster management was on an inspection tour of the town and area market.

A group of protesters stormed the market complaining of the refuse in the town before stopping the county vehicles and forcing officials to collect the trash and put it in their trunks.

Plastic Paper Bags

A protester John Ochieng said:

”We don’t want county officials to come here and mock us with inspections when our complaints about a dirty town have fallen on deaf ears.”

“We pay taxes daily yet the market is in a poor state. The county government has done nothing so we have decided to take action.”

Mr. Odhiambo escaped the protesters in another vehicle and was not present when several other county government officials were given shovels to use to carry the garbage into their vehicles.