Gov’t bans single-use plastics in protected areas
President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday June 5, 2019 announced a ban on the use of single-use plastics in protected areas in the country effective June 5, 2020.
President Kenyatta who was speaking when he addressed the plenary session of the ongoing Women Deliver 2019 Conference in Canada, said that the ban will cover all national parks, forests, beaches and conservation areas.
“As you are aware, Kenya is hosting to the global environment programme, and has remained a campaigner for a sustainable environment. In light of this commitment, two years ago we banned the use, manufacture and sale of environmentally harmful plastics, polythene bags and packaging materials,” said President Kenyatta.
This comes two years after Kenya banned the use, manufacture and sale of environmentally harmful plastics, polythene bags and packaging materials.
The plastic paper bags have been categorised as the leading cause of poor drainage and environmental degradation.
Through a Gazette Notice dated March 14, 2017, the carrier bags manufactured with handles or without patches were banned.
The law took effect in August 28, 2017.