In Kenya, it could be in jail for plastic bags

What Is An Explanation Behind Draconic Penalties With Plastic Bags?

A complete ban on the use of plastic bags has recently come into force in Kenya, and to anyone who violates new provisions of the law is threatened with a maximum sentence of $ 38,000 or four years in prison. How did all this come about at all?

Various thin plastic bags are scattered all over Nairobi and flooded by landfills, and because of that situation, they have decided on new measures since plastic bags are proven to damage the environment, block sewers and are almost non-destructive. By rejecting manufacturers' statements that the production of plastic bags creates workplaces, rulers have set the strongest ban on plastic bags in the world.

For now, the ban is mainly directed at manufacturers and suppliers. Cameroon, Guinea Bissau, Tanzania, Mali, Uganda, Mauritania, Ethiopia and Malawi are African countries in the world of countries that have already introduced or announced such a ban. Only with much smaller penalties. Other parts of the world preferred to tax one-time plastic bags as a way of reducing their use, which proved to be a flaw.

Nylon bag makers, on the other hand, claim the ban would cause 80,000 people to lose their jobs. The BBC correspondent in Nairobi said that for now it seems that many Kenyans support this ban, but there is also a certain amount of insecurity about how consumers will get used to life without the nylon bags that are usually delivered to stores in the shops.

The United Nations Environment Program says that Kenyan supplies 100 million plastic bags each year, and streets in urban areas of the country are often full of garbage bags. However, the main challenge is waste management in those poorer communities where access to landfill sites is limited. Plastic bags can take hundreds, if not thousands, to degrade and kill a wide variety of marine life if they are thrown near the rivers and shores.

Animals in the streets can also die after they are swallowed. Bags can also clog drains and sewage and contribute to floods and spread disease. About 8 million tonnes of plastic, including bags, are annually reaching the ocean. UNEP warns that if this trend continues, in the oceans by 2050, it will be more plastic than fish.

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