In Summary
  • The newspaper pointed specifically to the “flying toilets” that clog trenches leading to the Nairobi River.
  • Dozens of countries, including China and France, have banned, taxed or limited use of plastic bags, the paper noted.
  • California, it adds, became in 2014 the first US state to ban plastic bags.

New York

TheNew York Times has praised Kenya's ban on plastic bags and urged the rest of the world to take a similar action.

Such an initiative will contribute greatly to efforts to protect the planet's oceans while helping prevent flooding caused by clogged storm drains, the Times said in an editorial titled "Follow Kenya's Lead on Plastic Bags".

The leading US newspaper pointed specifically to the “flying toilets” that clog trenches leading to the Nairobi River.

The Times noted that these waste-filled plastic bags have been blamed for the flooding that regularly affects Kenya's capital city.

The ban could cause problems for poor Nairobi residents who rely on the bags “in the absence of a functioning sewage system and of public toilets that don't charge a fee,” the editorial acknowledged.

“The solution,” the Times suggested, “is to provide more toilets and latrines.”

Dozens of countries, including China and France, have banned, taxed or limited use of plastic bags, the paper noted.

California, it adds, became in 2014 the first US state to ban plastic bags.

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