By Peter Kombe
The National Environment and Management Authority (NEMA) has kicked off a crackdown to all plastic manufacturing plants in Mombasa county in a bid to ensuring that they comply with the new law.
Addressing the press on Tuesday at the Mombasa Polythene Limited during the onset of the crackdown Irene Kamunge the NEMA director of legal services insisted that the new law will not only benefit the current generation but also the generations to come.
The director pointed out that the risks posed by plastic bags range from cancer related risks, blockage of sewerage pipes to endangering the aquatic ecosystem.
“The plastic law will be of a prime benefit not only to you, your generation but also the coming generations. Plastics generally have environmental impacts including causing cancer, blocking sewerage pipes and threatening marine life.” Kamunge insisted.
Kamunge noted that since the enforcement of the new law, several plastic making plants have complied with the new law with some factories processing and recycling plastic bags to more re-usable products.
Pointing out an example, the official applauded the Mombasa Polythene Limited for spearheading the recycling of waste plastic bags within the county adding that currently the plastic manufacturer has a recycling capacity of 50 tonnes every month.
“I must say that the Authority is happy about the general reception of the new law by plastic making factories. Some of these companies use the same waste product to recycle the products to a more useful product. Mombasa Polythene Limited is a good example of those companies.” She exclaimed.
The director however uttered that authority officials have arrested a few individuals and promised to charge them before a court of law in the next few days for breaching the plastic law.
On the other hand, Eric Omolo a Likoni sub county resident said the new law will not only ensure a safe, clean and healthy environment but also minimize on the quantity of carbon emitted by these products when burnt.
He highlighted that currently Mombasa County is bracing up for an environmental change as most of the plastic bags have been taken back to the factories.
“The new law will ensure a cleaner, safer and healthy environment and more so ensure the reduction of carbon produced by these products when burnt.” Omolo said.
Since the new law came to force in August this year, Kenyans have gone for an alternative usage including among others raffia sacks and khaki bags with millions of them still lodging complaints that the new alternatives are still retailing at relatively higher price.