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Polythene bags ban

Polythene bags ban

On 28th February 2017, the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources while exercising powers conferred under section 3 and 86 of the Environmental Management and Coordination Act (EMCA Cap 387), issued the Gazette notice No. 2356, banning the use, manufacture and importation of all plastic bags used for commercial and household packaging. The gazette notice notified the public that this ban will take effect from 6th month from the date of the notice. The plastic bags ban came into effect on 28th August 2017.
The private sector was unhappy with the government’s decision to ban the polythene carrier bags and petitioned the decision to parliament and to the President’s office. In addition, they lodged a complaint in court, but the final ruling was in government’s favor.

Kenya has since attained over 80% success in ban enforcement. But challenges have been experienced with enforcement since some of our neighbors still use polythene bags and the same are illegally imported to Kenya.


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