Busia to hold stakeholders meeting over plastic bags ban

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Busia County Government will hold stakeholders’ meetings  in Busia and Malaba next week to chart  the way forward  over  last Monday’s  ban on plastic bags  by the National  Environment  management Authority (NEMA).

County Executive Committee Member for Environment  Bernard Yaite revealed on Wednesday   that the stakeholders meeting will be preceded  by  public barazas in all the seven  sub counties  to enlighten the public on the need to obey   the law  to avoid  hefty fines.

”  We shall also  enlighten  stakeholders and  other interested parties on the need to venture into job opportunities related to the production or distribution of synthetic  materials that will replace plastic bags.

Let’s  support this new move by Nema  so as to conserve our environment.  Our sewerage system are frequently clocked  by plastic bags. Farmers have also faced  numerous bottlenecks  while animals have died have eating  plastic bags. We  should resort to  traditional baskets made of sisal  to carry our goods,” he said during a press conference in his office.

Yaite said  the National and County Governments were in  consultations  with  other East African Community  Member states and travelers   to ensure that  countries which have not complied with the  plastic bags ban   should  follow suit.

Some traders had complained that the notice to impose the ban on the plastic bags was short and appealed to Nema  to  suspend the ban for at least three months  to give them time to look for alternatives.

However,  Yaite said  time was given before the ban was effected. ” The debate to ban plastic bags  started in 2007 with many workshops held across the  country.  For now  we should cooperate  to implement the directive for our own benefit.”

Nema  has clarified that  has not closed companies that  manufacture plastic bags. Firms  were free to continue manufacturing  the streams that were not banned.  Carriers bags and flat bags were have been banned.

Photo: Busia CEC for Environment Bernard Yaite addressing the press in his office on Wednesday.

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