Ban on plastic bags in Kenya

October 17 2017

On the 28th August 2017, Kenya introduced a countrywide ban on plastic bags as part of the government's commitment to control environmental pollution. This is a total ban on the use, manufacture and importation of all plastic bags for commercial and household packaging. 

In supporting the Kenyan government's environmental law, we would like to notify all travellers entering the country to refrain from using any and all forms of ‘disposable’ plastic carry bags. This would include plastic being found in both your main luggage as well as hand luggage to prevent any inconveniences on arrival into Kenya. If you purchase duty free goods before entering Kenya, you will be required to leave your duty free plastic carry bags at the point of entry.   

Almost 24 million plastic bags are used each month across the country. As a result, plastic waste management is one of the biggest challenges to major cities and towns in Kenya. The Masai Mara ecosystem, one of Kenya's greatest wildlife destinations, is no exception to this problem. Plastic bags - mainly created for a single-use purpose - become litter very quickly. As they don't degrade, they not only pollute the stunning scenery of the National Parks but they are very hazardous to birds and wildlife, including the livestock of the Masai who end up ingesting the plastic. 

For more information please visit the NEMA website or review their PDF attachment included for Frequently Asked Questions. 

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