Kenya brings in world’s toughest plastic bag ban

To reduce plastic pollution, Kenya makes producing, selling and using plastic illegal.

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With the implementation of the world’s toughest law, Kenyans selling or using plastic bags will now face imprisonment of up to four years or fines of $40,000 (£31,000), as per official announcement, reported The Guardian.

With this new law, it joins 40 other countries that have banned, partly banned or taxed the use of plastic bags. The plastic bags pollute the oceans, suffocating seabirds and harming other sea animals.

“If we continue like this, by 2050, we will have more plastic in the ocean than fish,” said Habib El-Habr, an expert on marine litter working with the UN environment programme in Kenya.

He goes on to explain that these plastic bags take between 500 to 1,000 years to break down and also seep into the human food chain through fish and other animals.

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