Plastic bag dealers are hiding their stock
Nema director general Geoffrey Wahungu blamed them for failing to declare their stock levels after being given time
Plastic bag manufacturers and dealers are engaging Nema in a cat and mouse game. They do not want to declare their stock.
Manufacturers and dealers who separately spoke to the Star said they are still awaiting directions from court, as they have a lot of stock after the ban took effect on August 28.
Nema and manufacturers have taken hardline positions.
“I have huge stock in my shop amounting to Sh3.2 million. Customers are asking us a lot of questions about the plastics,” Rafiki Polythene Shop proprietor Milcah Wangai told the Star on the phone yesterday.
Wangai, who has 10 employees, told the Star her money is tied up in the stock.
King, PIL and Stylo plastics, which are her suppliers, have since cutproduction.
Nema yesterday clarified that plastic bags used for industrial primary packaging at source will not be affected.
Nema director general Geoffrey Wahungu said in a statement yesterday that manufacturers of exempted plastics will continue producing provided they follow specific rules and conditions.
Last Wednesday, Wahungu blamed manufacturers for failing to declare their stocks even after being given time.
He said bags issued at duty free shops at airport are exempted due to ICAO and IATA rules.
A manufacturer who exports plastics, who sought anonymity, told the Star he is still in the dark over the ban. He has 600 employees.
On August 25, manufacturers and dealers were dealt a big blow after the High Court declined to suspend the ban.
Justice Bernard Eboso of the Environment and Land Court declined to issue temporary orders sought by the firms.
He said the need to conserve the environment outweighed commercial interests.
The case will be mentioned on September 21 so a hearing date of the main petition can be set.
Environment CS Judi Wakhungu banned the use of plastics inFebruary and gave manufacturers until August 28 to clear their stock.
Vendors selling bags and alternative carriers on August 22, 2017 /