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Reprieve as court suspends ban on non-woven bags

In Summary

• Court suspends ban on non-woven bags.

• The National Environment Management Authority had announced a crackdown on non-woven, unauthorised plastic bags was to begin on April 1.

NEMA DG Prof. Geoffrey Wahungu issuing ulternative carrier bags
NEMA DG Prof. Geoffrey Wahungu issuing ulternative carrier bags
Image: NEMA

The High Court has suspended the ban on non-woven shopping bags until a petition filed by the Importers and Small Traders Association is determined.

The National Environment Management Authority had started the crackdown on non-woven, unauthorised plastic carriers would begin on April 1.

Nema boss Geoffrey Wahungu urged Kenyans to adopt the use of locally made approved alternatives to promote the industry.

On February 28, 2017, the government issued a Gazette notice banning manufacture, importation and use of thin-gauge, single use carrier bags. It gave a six-month grace period.