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March 22, 2018

NEMA stops plastic bags trade at Suam border with Uganda

A fruit vendor in Kitale uses serviettes to wrap fruits after plastic bag carriers were banned, August 30, 2017. /CORAZON WAFULA
A fruit vendor in Kitale uses serviettes to wrap fruits after plastic bag carriers were banned, August 30, 2017. /CORAZON WAFULA

KRA officials and immigration officers at Suam border have been asked to block the entry of plastic bags following the August 28 ban.

Suam is the border crossing between Kenya and Uganda.

Valentine Lala, NEMA's Trans Nzoia county director, said the agents will confiscate all plastic bags at the border.

“We are also ensuring no plastic goes out of the country through the border post."

Lala reported that most of the retail outlets and supermarkets in Kitale town have complied with the ban.

He said those with huge sticks have been issued with censure certificates that forbid sale as they wait for recyclers.

Read: Supermarkets to collect plastic bags for recycling

Plastic bags have gained the country the ignominy of being considered the national flower.

The waste litters major highways, clogs drainage systems, kills livestock, contributes to pollution through open burning and is a source of greenhouse gases that cause climate change.

The National Environment Management Authority and the Environment ministry decided to ban the bags in an attempt to address the environmental disaster the country is facing.

Kenya's plastic bags ban is the toughest in the world and what to remains to be seen is whether such restrictions will be taken for the other types of waste that are also eyesores.

More on this: [VIDEO] Plastic bags ban leaves Kenya's kadogo economy in limbo

Also read: Kenya should be focused on recycling, not banning plastic bags

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