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Why NEMA Banned Non-woven Polypropylene Bags

Peter Musila 2 years ago

The National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) have stopped the importation, manufacturing, supply, and usage of non-woven polyethylene bags across the country.

In their statement, they have cited that the bags are posing a severe threat to the environment because they cannot be used twice due to their poor quality.

“The Authority directs that all manufacturers, importers, suppliers and users of these non-woven polypropylene bags should stop further manufacture, importation, supply and use of these bags in the Kenyan market effective March 31, 2019,” the notice read in part.

NEMA said the single-usage of these bags would eventually lead to substantial environmental consequences due to poor disposal practices currently being experienced in the country coupled with the lack of requisite infrastructure to sustainably manage the bags.

According to NEMA, the ban which is set to take effect from 31 March will be lifted after the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KeBS) gives a directive on the required quality of the non-woven polypropylene bags.

Kenya banned plastic bags on February 28, 2017 to curb environmental pollution and NEMA then made efforts to clarify acceptable alternative options.

The bags came into use in August 2017 after plastic bags ban by the Ministry of Environment as an alternative.

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