NEMA puts on notice Individuals using banned plastic bags

NEMA puts on notice Individuals using banned plastic bags

By Joshua Cheloti

The National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) has cautioned members of the public against the use of plastic bags.

NEMA says plastic bags use in the country is illegal, and that anyone found with them will face the full force of the law.

According to the authority’s acting deputy director of Field Operations Titus Simiyu, there will be no more warnings to individuals using the banned bags.

Speaking during a crackdown on plastic bags in Busia County, Simiyu insisted that stopping the use of the bags was the only safe option for members of the public.

“There will be no more warnings, no orders. We are going for prosecution in courts for the offenders using the banned plastic bags. EMCA stipulates heavy fines for the offenders. Kenyans should stop using the bags,” said the acting NEMA deputy boss.

During the operation in Busia, NEMA, in a statement on their social media platforms revealed that they arrested six traders who were found with 2,071 pieces of banned plastic bags.

The traders are expected to be arraigned in court on January 19, 2023.

NEMA officials made the arrest barely a day after a crackdown on the use of the banned plastic bags was launched.

According to NEMA, the nationwide exercise will be targeting users, manufacturers and importers of the banned plastic bags.

“The exercise also targets facilities that have not applied for Effluent Discharge License (EDL) as provided for under the Water Quality Regulations 2006,” the authority said in a statement.

A law banning the use of plastic bags in the country took effect on August 28, 2017.

The law operationalized with a gazette notice further provides that an individual found guilty of contravening the provision of the gazette notice shall be liable to a fine of not less than Ksh2 million and not more than Ksh4 million, or imprisonment of a term of not less than one year but not more than four years or to both such fine and imprisonment.

“NEMA appeals to the public countrywide to desist from using banned plastic bags so that we can all live in a clean and healthy environment as envisioned in the Constitution,” noted the statement issued on January 17, 2023.

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