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Plastic Recycling July 09, 2024 05:45:26 PM

NEMA's Deadline on Plastic Bags Ban Expired

Paul Ploumis
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The country’s government aims to ban the production, importation and consumption of plastic carrier bags and flat bags, including garbage bags and bin liners.

NEMA's Deadline on Plastic Bags Ban Expired

SEATTLE (Scrap Monster): The 90-day notice period for implementation of the ban on use of plastic garbage bags in Kenya, announced by the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) through a legal notice on April 8, has come to an end on Monday, July 8, the authority said.

The country’s government aims to ban the production, importation and consumption of plastic carrier bags and flat bags, including garbage bags and bin liners. As per plan, all organic waste needs to be segregated at source and placed in 100% biodegradable garbage bags or bin liners. The County governments and NEMA-licensed private service providers have already been instructed by the authority to provide only 100% biodegradable garbage bags and bin liners to their customers.

The waste from biodegradable bags will be collected separately and transported to designated material recovery facility (MRF) for further processing.

Meantime, the private garbage collectors urged to review the compliance period set for the transition process. Also, the Waste and Environment Management Association (WEMAK) voiced concerns over NEMA’s plan to phase out plastic waste collection bags and replace them will biodegradable ones. It criticized NEMA for hasty implementation of the directive without addressing the concerns raised earlier.

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