Similar bans have been implemented in other African countries such as Cameroon, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Mauritania and Malawi
In this Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015 file photo, Joyce Njeri, 8, carries a torn sack holding the plastic bottles she has scavenged, as she walks amidst garbage and plastic bags at the garbage dump in the Dandora slum of Nairobi, Kenya. A ban on plastic bags came into force in Kenya Monday, Aug. 28, 2017 and those found violating the new regulation could receive large fines or jail terms. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File), photo: AP/Ben Curtis, File
28 of August 2017 14:28:10
NAIROBI – A ban on plastic bags came into force Monday in Kenya and those found violating the new regulation could be receive 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.A spot check showed many people and shops in the capital city, Nairobi, still packaging goods in plastic bags. But most supermarkets chains had stopped giving out the bags and were selling cloth bags instead.Vehicles were being stopped at road blocks for bag checks.