Africa

Don’t take plastic bags to Kenya or face 4 years in prison!

homebannerimg2Four years in jail for having a plastic bag. This is the maximum penalty in Kenya. FInes are $19.000 to $38.000 – and penalties are the world’s harshest.

Tourists are warned: Don’t import or carry plastic bags.

Kenya is adjusting to life without plastic bags after a strict ban on the carriers went into effect this week. Traders in Nairobi swapped out the cheap lightweight plastic bags for cartons, paper bags, and envelopes, while grocery stores sold reusable fiber bags and cardboard boxes.

Elsewhere, restaurants in Nairobi are packaging food deliveries in spare shoe boxes and other containers. Photos of a school girl in eastern Kenya who improvised a bag made out of dried banana leaves circulated social media. Others tied string around their vegetables for easier transport. Residents have been asked to drop off their plastic bags at local grocery stores

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2 comments

  1. [ Smiles ] Thank you for the update. I did not know that plastic bags were outlawed in Kenya.

    Plastic bags tend to end up in places that they are not supposed to be; for example: drains, walkways and rivers.

    The nice thing is, that plastic bags will not be contaminating Kenya’s environment.

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    1. You’re welcome, Renard. Interestingly, same law operates in Rwanda where I just returned from – attending Kwita Izina – an annual naming ceremony for Gorillas and celebration of the country’s conservation efforts.
      Plastic bags are outlawed in Rwanda. Little wonder the country is famous for being Africa’s cleanest country.

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