KFS lauds ban on plastic bags

Kenya Forest Service – KFS has joined other players in welcoming the move by Environment Ministry to ban the use of plastic bags in the country and joined in efforts to rid the county of the bags.

KFS Board led by its Director Emilio Mugo engaged in a 3-kilometer cleanup exercise along Ngong Forest Sanctuary where they collected over 2 tonnes of dumped plastics bags.

Speaking during a cleanup exercise Mugo said they will work together with the National Environmental Management Authority and County Governments to ensure the ban is a success.

Mugo added that they will start a new method of using wooden boxes for seedlings and bags that can degrade within 6 months.

KFS chairman Peter Kinyua said the service is coming up with plans to sensitize and educate people on the harm caused by use of plastics bags.

Separately, the Kenya Red Cross has kicked off a campaign to sensitize residents of Tana River County on the recent plastic ban.

Red Cross says a majority of Kenyans who have no access to radio and television have not been properly enlightened on the ban that took effect on Monday this week.

A group of young men is took part in ensuring Madogo town in Tana River County is free of plastic bags in an event organized by the Kenya Red Cross.

Head of Madogo Red Cross volunteers team Idriss Guyo says many locals have no access to television, radios or social media making it difficult for them to get information on the ban.

The team cleaned the Madogo Shopping Center and neighboring areas collecting used plastic bags and bottles that have blocked the drainage system.

The youths asked the County government as well as private entities to support the initiative and ensure that the campaign reaches the rural areas of the County.


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