What Kenya’s ban of plastic bags actually means and how it’s going to affect our ecosystem

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SOURCE: TRIVIAQUEEN / VISUAL HUNT

 

For 10 years law makers in Kenya have been pushing to completely ban plastic carrier bags. Finally a court on Friday, the 25th of August rejected a challenge to the ban. Solidifying the government’s plan to wipe them out.

Kenyans are estimated to use 24 million bags a month to feed their market. Which has created over 80,000 jobs for local citizens. This caused the challenge of the ban because a school of thought considered the loss of jobs over protecting the environment.

With the new ban in place, offenders could face fines of up to GHS 171,000.00 ( $38,000) or prison sentences of up to four years.

Travellers entering Kenya with duty-free plastic bags will be required to leave them at the airport.

Plastic waste is a common site in most African countries and causes alot of mishaps and pollution. It’s a fact that it takes 1,00 years for plastics to undergo complete biodegradation.

 

This move will considerably reduce the amount of plastic waste that we clean from our gutters each day. Though it won’t completely eradicate the menace. Fortunately creatures that live in the soil can aerate with ease.

This will continue to help crops grow and the cycle of life continues. Most of our countries haven’t yet ban these plastics but that shouldn’t stop us from reducing their us in our homes.

Let’s save the planet.