where using plastic bags can land you a $38,000 fine
But the situation in Kenya is particularly bad.
Plastic bags hang on trees and clog the waterways.
Kibera, a slum on the edge of Nairobi, has a whole hill of them.
But now the Kenyan government has said it \"will not do it any more \".
\"Plastic bags are illegal in Kenya from Monday.
Anyone who finds manufacturing, selling and even using them can be charged up to $38,000 and spent four years in jail.
Kenya tried to ban plastic bags before 2007 and 2011.
Not much success.
Critics of the new ban say it may also fail this time.
Leah OUAC wrote that the population is too dependent on plastic bags and they lack viable alternatives
Ombis, a researcher at the University of Nairobi, said in the conversation: \"Plastic bags also play an extremely important role in the daily life of ordinary people, because they are very suitable for use, resource efficiency and cheap price.
For Kenya, 56% of the population lives on less than a dollar a day, and plastic bags support the \"kidogo\" economy --
Synonymous with the majority.
This economy is based on a small amount of goods that people buy.
Such as a cup of edible oil, or a washing powder, or squeeze toothpaste.
They need small plastic bags to take these home.
\"Oyake does not ban bags --
According to Ombis, Kenya should focus on plastic recycling and reuse.
But environmental activist Wanjira Mathai told the world that a plastic bag
The free future of Kenya is possible.
\"We have seen this in neighbouring Rwanda and Tanzania.
Many of us are amazed at the beauty and cleanliness of a city like Kigali.
\"Then why not in Nairobi? \"MORE FROM PRI.