The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources ban on polythene bags should be supported by all Kenyans. It takes effect on August 28, sixth months after the Kenya Gazette notice that ordered the ban.
Plastic pollution is a terrible thing. It adversely and massively affects lands, waterways and oceans, humans and wildlife, including marine life.
Polythene bags are cheap and durable but extremely slow to degrade.
Plastic pollution causes hormone levels disruptions in humans and exposure to chemicals within the polythene to wildlife, including marine animals.
Kenya has little capacity for plastics recycling systems and the vast majority of polythene waste in this country goes into urban drainage systems and woefully inadequate landfills, waterways and the sea.
Plastic pollution contributes to urban flooding.
If a Kenyan multinational like Nakumatt can abide by the anti-plastic pollution laws in a country like Rwanda, why not at home in Kenya too? Plastic is much more trouble than it’s worth. Manufacturers of plastics should pursue other revenue streams.
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