NAIROBI, Kenya, August 24 – Consumers will buy environmentally friendly wrapping paper for at least three shillings from Tuesday next week for at least three shillings as the ban on plastic bags goes into effect.
The Retailers Traders Association of Kenya, which supports the ban, said all major supermarkets will provide an eco-friendly bag for a small fee.
Supermarkets include Naivas, Mulleys, Tuskys, Chandarana, Nakumatt, Carrefour and Cleanshelf.
The others are Saltes, QuickMart, Budget, Uchumi, EastMatt, Choppies and Tumaini.
Speaking to Director of Capital FM Business Retrak and COO de Naivas, Willy Kimani, said eco-friendly bags would cost retailers a bit more than single-use plastic paper bags, hence the need to share the costs. costs with buyers.
“The bags will cost us between Sh5 and Sh10 more (per bag) than what we use. We subsidize the costs for the benefit of the consumer, ”says Kimani.
Retailers have also given consumers the option of bringing their own bags or buying the more expensive grocery bags for between 30 and 50 shillings.
“We want to preserve the environment for our future, so we support the ban on plastic bags,” says the Association.
The ban was issued on February 28, 2017 with the aim of tackling the massive waste in the country which has become a challenge for the environment.
However, the Kenya Association of Manufacturers opposes the ban, arguing that it will have dangerous consequences on the economy.
KAM’s chief executive, Phyllis Wakaiga, said if the ban goes into effect, the country will lose 5.2 billion shillings in taxes and affect more than 600,000 jobs in a country facing unemployment problems.
The government is adamant about implementing the ban and insists the law will come into effect on August 28.
But the National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) has exempted from the ban on plastic bags household waste paper bags and garbage bags used in the treatment of hazardous biomedical waste.
In a notice issued by the Authority, plastic bags used for primary industrial packaging will also be exempt from the ban, meaning that consumer products such as sugar, bread, milk and salt will not will not be affected by the ban, as long as the products are packaged at the source.
“These bags must be clearly labeled (printed) with the name of the industry making the product and the end user,” reads the notice posted on the regulator’s website.
However, NEMA has asked all manufacturers, importers and users of plastic bags used for industrial packaging to apply for a letter of authorization if they wish to continue manufacturing or importing the plastic bags.
“Applicants must demonstrate, to the satisfaction of the Authority, an effective take-back program (TBS) and / or Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR). ”