using plastic bags is now illegal — and punishable by jail time — in kenya
From the vast area of the Rift Valley to the white area
Beach in the Indian Ocean
One thing is the same: plastic bags.
They hang trees and collect them on the side of the road.
In Kibera, a large slum in Nairobi, there are many such slums, which form hills.
But from today on, almost all plastic bags are illegal in Kenya.
Starting today, if you pack groceries in plastic bags, or put rubbish in disposable plastic bags, you may be fined $38,000 or sentenced to four years\' imprisonment.
\"It\'s a toxin that we have to remove,\" Judi Wakhungu, secretary of the national environment cabinet, told reporters.
\"It affects our water.
It is affecting our livestock, and even worse, we are eating this food as humans.
\"Kenya is not the first country in the region to ban plastic bags.
Rwanda banned these weapons in 2008, and the East African Community is also discussing --and-
About issuing a regional ban.
But it has been difficult and controversial for economic reasons to a large extent.
For example, Kenya has tried to impose bans several times in the past decade.
But China has not only continued to consume large amounts of plastic, but has also produced many plastic products for the region.
The Kenyan Manufacturers Association questioned the ban in court, saying 3% plastic manufacturers in Kenya hired nearly 176 of Kenyans directly.
They believe the ban will cost Kenya tens of thousands of jobs.
There is also the problem of convenience.
On June, when I visited Kibera to report on the proposed ban, the local residents strongly opposed it.
I found julius Morrell selling charcoal in the middle of the slum market.
Plastic bags create a cycle of their own, he said.
In his case, he said that no one would buy charcoal without a clean and cheap way to carry it.
He gives customers plastic bags, but when he buys those used plastic bags from a person who collects and cleans them, he also creates a job.
He said that in a place where many people live on less than $2 a day, these cents are very different.
Kenneth Otte, a congressman representing kibeira, opposed the ban because he said it would have the greatest impact on his poor voters.
There is very little tap water in Kibera and there is no toilet or toilet, but the ban will affect so-
Plastic bags used by residents to urinate.
\"It may look fashionable in the world,\" he said . \"
\"But actually, in places like Kibera, we still need the plastic.
Okoth said he understood and supported the need to clean up the environment.
But he said there is a better way to do this than to ban plastic in general.
\"It\'s not the plastic fault,\" he said . \"
\"There is a lack of a system to collect plastics and reuse them and to build a value chain from them after the first use.
\"In Nairobi, supermarkets have begun to comply with the ban.
Many people have moved from plastic bags to reusable cloth bags, but after a quick drive around Nairobi it is found that plastic bags are still in use.
So far, there have been no reports of any enforcement action.
Environment Minister wakengu said the government\'s intention was to \"not arrest Kenyans \".
\"I know they will follow,\" she added . \".
\"But the law has been introduced.