NEMA warns against manufacturing of plastic bags

Written By: Caroline Njenga
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One person has been arrested in connection with the illegal manufacturing of the banned plastic bags in Mlolongo, Machakos County.

The National Environmental Management Authority believes that several companies have been flouting the ban on the manufacturing and distribution of plastic bags and plan to leverage on tip offs from members of the public to intensify swoops at such facilities.

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The government banned the importation, manufacture, distribution and use of plastic bags in August last year in efforts to tackle the huge waste in the country that has become a challenge to the environment.

Several companies are still manufacturing plastic bags that despite their ban are readily available in the market.

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Armed with a tip off from members of the public, NEMA officials accompanied by police visited this company in Mlolongo and found them allegedly manufacturing the banned plastic bags.

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The swoop resulted in an arrest with NEMA officials pledging to take legal action against the company once investigations are concluded.

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Several tones of plastic bags were found at the go down facility which NEMA officials said would be destroyed soon. 

NEMA is appealing for information from members of the public of companies suspected to be manufacturing plastic bags so that it can take appropriate action.

 

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