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Fight against plastic ban in Tanzania and Uganda

Kenya and Rwanda are the only East African Community member states that have banned plastic carrier bags, and Kenya wants Uganda, Tanzania and Burundi to join in the fight against the plastic menace. Kenya is pushing its neighbours, especially Uganda and Tanzania, to ban the single-use plastic carrier bags, as it struggles to control smuggling of the products into its territory.

Nema a governing body in Kenya says that directors general from the EAC member states are collaborating to address the challenges, but are bogged down by slow policy making by their respective governments.

Kenya is blaming manufacturers for producing very low gauge bags, warning that the single usage of the bags will eventually lead to environmental pollution due to poor disposal coupled with lack of requisite infrastructure to sustainably manage the waste.

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