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Still using banned plastic bags? NEMA arrests over 30 traders in Embakasi

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The National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) on Wednesday arrested over thirty traders in Embakasi, Nairobi County, after they were found using the banned plastic Bags.

According to NEMA, they were able to nab the rogue traders after conducting a rejuvenated surveillance to mop out plastic bags across the country.

The authority expressed concerns that some traders are still using and/or importing plastic bags, years after the product was banned in Kenya.

NEMA has today arrested over 30 traders in Embakasi using the plastic bags. PHOTO/ PHOTO.

NEMA has since warned members of the public to desist from using the banned product.

“So, you are still using the banned PLASTIC BAGS?. You will be arrested and fined Ksh 2 to 4 million or 1 to 4 years imprisonment or both such fine and imprisonment,” NEMA said.

This butcher in Embakasi, Nairobi County, was nabbed by NEMA officials using the banned plastic bags. PHOTO/ NEMA.
A sugarcane vendor was not spared either from the new wave of surveillance to mop out plastic bags across the country and apprehend individuals using, manufacturing and importing the banned bags. PHOTO/ NEMA.

On February 28th of 2017, NEMA banned the use of all plastic bags in the country with the ban kicking off officially on 28th of August 2017.

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NEMA banned plastic bags because they were polluting the environment and clogged up drainage systems contributing to floods in rainy seasons.

A study supported by NEMA in 2019 found that more than 50 percent of cattle near urban areas were found to have plastic bags in their stomachs.

The government says that 80 percent of the population have stopped using plastic carrier bags since the ban.

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