Parliament Recommends the Suspension of the Plastic Bag Ban

An Opportunity for Holistic Waste Management Solutions

The National Assembly adopted a report (attached) by the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources recommending suspension of the gazette notice – banning the use, manufacture and importation of plastic bags on 30th May 2017.

The suspension was on the basis of:

  • The short time frame to implement the gazette notice
  • Lack of adequate stakeholder consultations in line with Kenyan laws
  • Non-compliance with provisions of the Statutory Instruments Act 2013

The Committee also recommended:

  • Adequate consultations to be conducted and provisions of Statutory Act implemented.
  • Revenue generated from the excise duty levied on plastic bags manufacturers should be ring-fenced by The National Treasury.
  • This should be specifically used to:
    • Implement projects and programmes related to plastic waste control and management;
    • Fund research and entrepreneurial initiatives geared towards production of alternatives to plastics
  • National Government to enact strategic policy and legal framework to guide county governments in waste management.
  • The closure of all unlicensed plastic bags manufacturers operating in the country

As key stakeholders in ensuring the well-being of our environment, this provides an opportunity for us to develop sustainable solutions towards waste management in the country.

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