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NEMA Bans Use of Plastic Garbage Bags and Bin Liners

Great news from Kenya's National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) who have announced a ban on the use of plastic garbage bags and bin liners.

This follows a ban on plastic carrier bags use and manufacturing in 2017, which unfortunately has not been followed religiously. Now NEMA has promised to do a crackdown on the same to ensure this ban is executed Perfectly.

"To ensure environmentally sound management of the organic waste fraction, the Authority hereby directs that within 90 days from the date of this notice; All organic waste generated by households, private sector and public sector institutions, religious institutions, private and public functions and events; shall strictly be segregated and placed in 100 per cent biodegradable garbage bags/ bin liners only," the statement read in part.

More interestingly all households have been asked to collect organic waste separately and have it transported to a designated Material Recovery Facility for further processing.

"The use of conventional plastic bags/bin liners for collection of organic waste shall thus cease forthwith," NEMA directed.

To ensure that the directive was implemented nationally, all county governments and private waste service providers licensed by NEMA were required to provide their clients the 100 per cent biodegradable garbage bags/bin liners.

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  • zelda ninga

    3 w

    Good work to Nema, this should have been done earlier but it's a good move.

    • George Kariuki

      3 w

      This is exactly what we want to see.

      • Elizabeth Gathigia

        3 w

        A significant step that will help curb plastic bags pollution

        • Patrick Kiash

          3 w

          Nice move! Nema should call on all small business operators commonly referred to as Mama Mboga's to avoid use of flimsy paper bags to package their merchandise and embrace use of recommended biodegradable bags that are friendly to the environment... If they tighten that rule it will help a lot to curb the mess.

          • Saustine Lusanzu

            3 w

            NEMA is doing an amazing and great job! We can make our environment clean by abstaining from plastic garbage

            • Ann Nyambura

              3 w

              The ban is a positive sign of progress, but there is still much more to be done.

              • Jess Scott

                3 w

                This needs to happen everywhere, great step up!

                • Annett Michuki..

                  4 w

                  this is great, Nema should then put up strict measures to ensure this rule is followed

                  • walter lungayi

                    4 w

                    This is a great move towards environmental conservation.

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