On day 10 of the 2020 edition of #30DaysofGreen campaign, the Nairobi Hub of the Global Shapers Community (an initiative of the World Economic Forum) highlights the policies regarding the use of plastics in Kenya.
Kenya’s policy on plastic bags
According to National Environment Management Authority (NEMA):
– a plastic carrier is a plastic bag constructed with handles and with or without gussets. This is any bag regardless of its thickness or colour, used at the supermarkets, retail stores, shopping malls and grocery stores as secondary packages. Usage of plastic bags for primary industrial packaging is not banned in Kenya
– a flat bag is a plastic bag constructed without handles and may have a gusset or not.
Penalties for non-compliance
Any person using banned plastics is liable to a fine of between Kshs. 2-4 million or imprisonment of 1-4 years or to both a fine and imprisonment (section 144 of the Environmental Management Coordination Act)
Approved alternatives to plastic carrier bags and flat bags
These are the bags approved by the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA)
Proposals for reform
For more information on Kenya’s plastics ban, visit NEMA’s webpage