PLAS­TIC BAGS BANNED; UP TO $38-K FINE AWAITS VI­O­LA­TORS

Sun.Star Cebu - - WORLD -

A ban on plas­tic bags came into force Mon­day in Kenya and those found vi­o­lat­ing the new reg­u­la­tion could be slapped max­i­mum fines of $38,000 or a four-year jail term. The ban ap­plies to the use, man­u­fac­ture, and im­por­ta­tion of plas­tic shop­ping bags and gives a min­i­mum fine of about $19,000 or up to a year im­pris­on­ment, ac­cord­ing to the gov­ern­ment. Ex­emp­tions were made for man­u­fac­tur­ers pro­duc­ing plas­tic bags for in­dus­trial use. Ac­tivist Boni­face Mwangi has ap­pealed to the Kenyan gov­ern­ment to re­duce the penal­ties, say­ing they are overly puni­tive and will mainly af­fect the poor, who use plas­tic bags not only to pack food and store clothes, but also as mo­bile toi­lets. Sim­i­lar bans have been im­ple­mented in other African coun­tries. /

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