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Kenya Struggles with Plastic Bags Despite Ban

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Kenya Struggles with Plastic Bags Despite Ban

Kenya may need to find tougher alternatives that will ensure implementation of total ban on plastic bags which are making a comeback five months after they were outlawed.

The country says the plastic bags are smuggled from neighbouring countries.

Across Kenya, a number of sugarcane hawkers and a number of fruit vendors are openly using the banned wrapping materials even as the government says it will also ban plastic straws.

Charles Sunkuli Kenya’s Principal Secretary in the State Department of Environment and Regional Development Authorities says “Our goal is to ensure we reduce the use of plastic in Kenya as they are a major source of pollution.”

According to Kenyan traders, the plastic carriers are imported alongside biodegradable ones and second-hand clothes and are supplied to clients at odd hours.

Apart from Uganda, Tanzania and Burundi are other East African countries that have not banned the use of plastic bags. Only Rwanda and Kenya have enforced a ban on plastic bags.

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