Govt Reignites Crackdown On Plastic Bags

The National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) in collaboration with the county department of environment has embarked on a crackdown on plastic bags in Migori County.

Govt Reignites Crackdown On Plastic Bags

The National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) in collaboration with the county department of environment has embarked on a fresh crackdown on plastic bags.

Mr. James Siaji, Migori County NEMA officer said the crackdown which began last week is a warning members of the public who are still using plastic bags instead of the reusable bags.

He added that they have noted that people are still using plastic bags in the area despite the ban.

Reusable bags in a supermarket. /CAPITAL GROUP

Siaji added that NEMA has called upon a contingent of officers from the county department of environment and security officers to help fight the use of plastic bags.

He said members of the public should understand that plastic bags degrade the environment and therefore they should stop the use for their own benefit.

The famous ban on single-use plastic bags was introduced on August 28, 2017 by President Uhuru Kenyatta and was recognised as a holder of the widely celebrated Guinness World Records.

Anyone found with a plastic bag risks paying a maximum fine of up to Ksh4 million or four years in jail and the penalty goes for manufacturers, importers and distributors of single-use plastic bags.

The consequences include a one-year prison sentence for using the banned bags.

Kenya currently has arguably the toughest laws around single-use plastic bags in the world.