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The ban on plastic bags has been hailed by environmental lobby groups as one of the best in the recent past arguing that it will play a major role in garbage reduction in the urban areas.

The People’s Power Watch Group, (PPWG) a Nakuru Lobby group chairman, Jesse Karanja  said the policy has the capacity of radically changing the garbage management in the country.

Yesterday the Environment Cabinet Secretary, Judi  Wakhungu  banned the manufacture, importation and use of plastic bags from end of August this year.

Karanja said the government ban on plastic bags could save Lake  Nakuru, which has become toxic for aquatic life,  He was  speaking on Thursday during a press conference in Nakuru town.

He said at the beginning of this year the PPWG and Friends of Lake Nakuru, in collaboration with KWS, collected 24 tons of plastic on the shores of the lake.

The Chairman added that the former suggestions of re-use and recycling of plastic bags have failed, reiterating that the only solution was a total ban.

An  Environmentalist  based in Nakuru, Peter  Raini, also commended the CS and said 50 per cent of the non-biodegradable garbage waste in the country was contributed by polythene bags.

He said the policy has excited environmentalists and it has the capacity of promoting garbage management in the counties.

Raini said even when wananchi try to manage their plastic bags disposal wind plays a role in carrying them away as litter.

He said the single-use plastics, such as water bottles and plastic bags, had reached a stage where they are patched on trees, as if, they are mocking mankind.

The Enviromentalist  said litter was not only unsightly but it was also a serious environmental hazard because it takes too many years to breakdown, and they inhibit soil nutrients.

He added that the ban has the capacity of indirectly creating jobs because shoppers were likely to seek for alternatives in reusable cloth bag and ‘ciodo.’

By  Veronica Bosibori

 

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