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Residents lauded for compliance 

Meru County Nema Director Mr. John Wafula in his office. Photo By Richard Muhambe

Residents of Meru County are complying with the ban on plastic carrier bags with majority resorting to alternative means to carry their merchandise.

Meru County National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) Director Mr. John Wafula has appreciated the response from the members of the public that has seen a cleaner environment free of the plastic bags.

Speaking to KNA at his office, Mr. Wafula lauded Meru residents for being law abiding citizens adding that so far no person has been arrested following the ban on the plastic bags on August 28, 2017.

“Our surveillance team has been to major towns of Meru, Nkubu, Timau and Maua and we are proud that all supermarkets have complied with the order,” said the Nema official.

He however noted that some small scale traders were yet to phase out the plastic bags used to package vegetable and milk.

“Those still using the bags are the mama mbogas who do it in secrecy and during odd hours to evade notice by our enforcement officers,” revealed the Director.

He is optimistic that the bags will be a thing of the past once alternatives are made available to the market.

Our spot checks at the supermarkets within Meru town indicated that many shoppers unable to afford the available environment friendly bags have resorted to using rucksacks.

The shoppers lamented that the available shopping bags were to afford owing to the high cost of living. They said the cheapest was going at Sh 25 which can buy basic commodities such as milk.

By Richard Muhambe

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