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PRESS STATEMENT ON TOTAL BAN ON ALL PLASTIC BAGS In the Gazette notice No. 2334, of 28 th February, 2017, The Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Natural resources while exercising powers conferred under section 3 and 86 of the Environmental Management and Co-ordination Act (EMCA Cap 387), notified the public that with effect from 6 month from the date of the notice banned the use, manufacture and importation of all plastic bags used for commercial and household packaging. In Kenya plastics are widely used as a key packing material in several sectors of the economy namely manufacturing, trade, transport, agriculture, hospitality etc. A research done by NEMA in conjunction with United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Kenya Institute of Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA), revealed that 100 million plastic bags are handed out annually in Kenya by supermarkets alone. The purpose of the Government to ban the use of plastic bags is to avoid health and environmental effects resulting from the use of plastic bags.
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