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Environment: Single-use Plastics Banned From Beaches And Parks In Kenya By The Government

The Oasis Reporters

June 8, 2020

Picking plastics on a Kenyan beach.

The Kenyan authorities seem to be counting the cost of environmental pollution and have banned all single-use plastics, such as water bottles and straws, from national parks, beaches, forests and other protected areas.

The start of the ban coincides with World Environment Day and comes three years after Kenya announced one of the world’s strictest bans on plastic bags. Like they are taking a queue from Rwanda that even have plastic police. You cannot fly into Rwanda with certain polypropylene products.

Before the coronavirus outbreak, Kenya hosted two million tourists a year. Tourism being one of the East African nation’s source of foreign exchange.

The UN Environment Programme welcomed the ban saying it showed Kenya’s commitment to addressing the global scourge of plastic pollution.

It estimates more than eight billion tonnes of plastic have been produced globally since the 1950s, and most of it has ended up in landfill or the natural environment, according to a BBC report.

Greg Abolo

Blogger at The Oasis Reporters.

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