Relief as plastic ban is lifted but Kenyans can’t keep quiet

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The High Court has temporarily suspended notice banning the use and sale of non-woven carrier bags currently in the market by Nema.

Justice Makau Mutua issued the reprieve to manufacturers and traders of non-woven shopping bags on Thursday afternoon.

The ban on the popular polypropylene bags sold in supermarkets and other retail stores came into effect on Monday. Nema explained that the bags were ‘‘very thin, poor quality non-reusable”.

NEMA boss -Prof Geoffrey Wahungu, was on the receiving end of a barrage of responses to his newly proposed bags.

In a notice on local dailies last week, Nema asked traders to halt manufacturing, importation, supply, distribution and use of non-woven polypropylene bags from March 31, 2019.

Mr Wahungu had shared the latest photos following his move to crackdown on non-woven carrier bags since April 1, 2019.

“We are not going to tell them our strategies; that today we will raid Mombasa, Nairobi or Nakuru. To be clear, from today, non-woven bags are contraband and people will be arrested,” Prof Wahungu decreed.

The non-woven bags, introduced in 2017 after the ban on plastic, were initially deemed to be eco-friendly.

The market has however been flooded with low quality versions which the authority says can not be used multiple times and are disposed after single use.

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Majority of the Kenyans felt that the newly recommended basket pushed the envelope a tad bit too far.

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