Manufacturers' plan to suspend plastic bags ban fails

Manufacturers' plan to suspend plastic bags ban fails

Manufacturers' plan to suspend plastic bags ban fails

The team, working with the police, is inspecting compliance of the ban by manufacturers and retailers.

Conservationists hailed the court's decision to allow the plastic ban to be implemented in full, saying it marked a critical milestone in Kenya's transition to green economy.

Kenyan pastoalists, and the Greenpeace Africa have lauded Kenya's move to ban plastic bags starting end of this month.

They have created towering piles at dump sites.

Kenya's ban follows a number of other African countries such as Rwanda, Mauritania, and Eritrea which have already outlawed plastic carrier bags. "This has become our environmental nightmare that we must defeat by all means", Kenya's environment minister Judy Wakhungu told the BBC.

Worldwide, plastic bags contribute to eight million tons of plastic that leak into the ocean every year, according to the United Nations Environment Program.

Earlier today, private garbage collectors warned that waste management will be impossible if bin liners are in the list of banned plastic products.

"As we welcome this ban, we can not forget the challenge that lies ahead of us in dealing with the tones of plastic already polluting our environment", she added.

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However, traders in the City meat market are still using plastic bags, she says.

This is the third attempt in the past 10 years to ban plastic bags in Kenya.

The Kenyan government, through the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA), has officially begun to enforce the controversial ban on plastic carrier bags.

The government had given a six-month window for adjustment which expired on Sunday night. The ban applies to the use, manufacture, and importation of plastics.

On Friday, the High Court of Kenya rejected a challenge to the ban as manufacturers of the bags have argued 80,000 jobs could be lost.

"Granting the orders sought will severally undermine the protection of the environment while serving commercial interests", Justice Eboso said.

Research in Europe has shown that a paper bag must be used three times to compensate for the larger amount of carbon used in manufacturing and transporting it.

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