In Summary
  • Many traders complied with the ban implemented on August 29, 2017 and found solutions such as use of gunny bags or clear plastic containers.
  • But in parts of the country including Mombasa, officials say some people are still using the banned products.
  • Mr Wambua said sugar cane vendors and owners of small, roadside businesses such as eateries were the most notorious.

Some traders in major markets in Mombasa County are still using plastic bags despite the nationwide ban two years ago.

Many traders complied with the ban implemented on August 29, 2017 and found solutions such as use of gunny bags or clear plastic containers.

But in parts of the country including Mombasa, officials say some people are still using the banned products.

“They could be getting them either from out of the country or from illegal suppliers within the county,” said Stephen Wambua, head of the National Environment Management Authority (Nema) in Mombasa.

ARRESTS

Mr Wambua said they have tried arresting non-compliant people, traders in particular.

This year alone, he said, 30 have been arrested and taken to court.

“They are charged and given punitive penalties but once out, they still use the plastic bags. Imagine a sugarcane vendor being fined Sh50,000 to Sh100,000? We think their friends bail them out."

The Nema boss said they will work closely with counties and security agencies to establish the source of the banned bags.

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