NEMA bans non-woven shopping bags again

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The National Environment Management Authority has warned to ban non woven plastic bags effective from March 31st 2019.

The agency states that the existing paper bags in the market cannot be re-used as per the earlier agreement with the manufacturers.

“This single-usage of these bags will eventually lead to heavy environmental consequences due to poor disposal practices currently being experienced in the country and coupled with lack of requisite infrastructure to sustainable manage these bags.” NEMA Director-General, Geoffrey Wahungu says.

Mr Wahungu urged manufactures against production and distribution of the papers.

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“All the manufacturers, suppliers and users of these non woven polypropylene should stop manufacture, supply and use of these bags until the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KeBs) gives the way forward,”he said.

On February 28, 2017, plastic bags were banned to curb environmental pollution.

NEMA argues the current carrier bags in the market are of poor quality and they cant be re-used.

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