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Crack down on Non-woven shopping bags set to kick off


The National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) is set to begin its crackdown on non-woven carrier bags.

The government will start arresting the importers, producers and consumers of the popular polypropylene bags sold in supermarkets and other retail stores as from Monday 1st April.

This follows a gazette notice issued by the government in 2017 banning the manufacture, importation and use of thin-gauge, single-use carrier bags.

Nema boss Prof Geoffrey Wahungu warned Kenyans against the use of the very thin non-woven bags or risk being arrested, prosecuted and jailed.

“The penalties are equal to those of banned plastic bags. We are not going to tell them our strategies; that today we will raid Mombasa, Nairobi or Nakuru. To be clear, from today, non-woven bags are contraband and people will be arrested,” he said

Following the ban on plastic carrier bags, the non-woven carrier, polypropylene bags came into the market to replace it.

NEMA however stated that the bags are used only once then discarded and can thus pose a threat to the environment