The government of Kenya has on Monday placed a ban on carrying plastic bags and anyone found violating the order would be risking a four-year-imprisonment or pay a fine of about 40,000 dollars.
The East Africa country is taking the step to clean their various water bodies and make sure fish resides safely in the rivers. It was reported that many plastic bags have drifted the oceans, strangling turtles, suffocating seabirds and filling the stomach of dophins and whales with waste until they die of starvation.
Almost 50 countries of the world have either fully or partly banned their respective citizens from carrying plastic bags. Kenya has joined France, Eritrea, South Africa, China, Italy, Rwanda, and other countries of the world that have banned the use of plastic bags.
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Kenya had feared that if care is not taken, by 2050 the country may have more plastic bags in the rivers than fish, said Habib El-Habr, an expert on marine litter working with the UN Environment Programme in the country.
In Nairobi, Kenya capital city, a single cow killed at the city's slaughterhouse have at least 20 bags removed from their stomach.
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According to El-Habr, a plastic bag takes an average of 500 t0 1000 years to break down. He also mentioned the threat that the plastic would enter the human body system through the consumption of fish and other animals that might have fed on the plastic.
Kenya government has, however, empowered the police officers to go after even anyone carrying a plastic bag.
However, an economic effect of the law has been reviewed by the new order as Samuel Matonda, spokesman of Kenya Association of Manufacturers, stated that the decision would cost about 50,000 jobs and forced about 176 manufacturers to shut down operations.