Environment Principal Secretary Charles Sunkuli has said collaboration between East African Community members would help eliminate plastic bags.

“During a meeting of Environment ministers in Arusha last week, we agreed that cooperation is needed if we are to eliminate the menace,” Mr Sunkuli told the Nation on the side-lines of the Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook forum at Whitesands Hotel in Mombasa that ended Tuesday.

The PS said the ban in Kenya had seen an 80 per cent drop in the use of the bags.

“The environment is no longer filled with the pollutants,” he added.

Mr Sunkuli said ministry officials would appear in Parliament to explain the ban, adding that jobs had been created since August 2017 when the law came into effect.

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“Jobs for women and youth involved in manufacturing of non-plastic materials like sisal and papyrus have been created. Others are making gunny bags and biodegradable and fibre bags,” he said.

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