08 Sep '17, 3pm

Plastic bags now illegal in #Kenya along with many other African countries

Plastic bags now illegal in #Kenya along with many other African countries

Kenya, the East African country with coastline on the Indian Ocean, joined fellow African countries: Tunisia, Morocco, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, Somalia, Botswana, Ethiopia, Mauritania and Eritrea in banning plastic bags. The new regulations call for a fine of $19,000 to $38,000 or a four-year jail term for those manufacturing or importing plastic bags in Kenya. The rule, put into effect yesterday, also means that trash bags will be taken off supermarket shelves and visitors entering Kenya will be required to leave their duty-free shopping bags at the airport. According to United Nations Environment Program , more than 8 million tons of plastic end up in the oceans every year, where they not only become a health hazard and public nuisance but also impact marine life, fisheries and tourism. “At current rates, by 2050, there will be more plastic in the oceans than fish, wrea...

Full article: http://magnifeco.com/kenya-joins-ban-of-plastic-bags/news/

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