In Summary
  • Nema’s Chief Enforcement Officer Robert Orina says sale of the bags is still going on among a few traders.

  • He noted that the main target of the illegal business are small scale traders.

  • In Nakuru, more than 10 people had been charged in court since the ban took effect.

The National Environment Management Authority (Nema) has said there is still a challenge in the eradication of plastic bags mainly in the border towns, five months after the ban took effect in Kenya.

This is as most of the countries in the region are still manufacturing the plastic bags making it easy for people to access from across the borders.

Nema’s Chief Enforcement Officer Robert Orina said the plastic bags are still finding their way into major towns, a business still going on among a few traders.

“We have information that some business operators are still getting the commodity in bulk from the neighbouring countries, mainly Uganda, despite the ban that took effect in August 2017,” said Mr Orina.

SNACKS

He noted that the main target of the illegal business are small scale traders who sell goods like vegetables and snacks in small portions.

“The small bags are in circulation…and are usually in display during odd hours,” he added.

Mr Orina was speaking in Nakuru where he led a team of national and county Nema officials in an operation to raid the illegal plastic bags businesses in the town.

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