Plastic bags are used daily across Africa – the bans are hoped to tackle the pervasive problem of waste. In both Tunisia and Kenya, the ban applies to vendors, companies and producers of plastic bags. Kenya has vowed to be successful in this, its third ban. David Ongare, Kenya’s director of environment compliance, told DW that the country is ready to impose the ban again in the future until the desired outcome is obtained. This time around, the Kenyan government has launched a public awareness campaign drawing in the media and nongovernmental organizations to make the ban more effective. Ongoing consultations with stakeholders such companies that produce plastic bags are trying to get everyone on board, Ongare added – there have been 27 sessions since the ban came into effect in March. “Kenya is a country of pastoralists, fisherman and tourism. The presence of plastic bags has made those sectors to suffer as a result of the use of plastic bags,” Ongare told DW. According to United Nations Environment Program, more than 8 million tons of plastic end up in the oceans every year, where it impacts marine life, fisheries and tourism. UNEP indicates that 80 percent of all litter… Read full this story
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