Kenya ban on single-use plastics in protected areas to take effect

Starting June 5, carrying any single-use plastics into Kenya’s protected areas will be considered illegal.


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June 2 2020
 
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The government of Kenya has released guidelines describing protected areas that include national parks, national reserves, wildlife sanctuaries, national monuments such as the Kaya forest, world heritage sites such as Sibiloi National Park, Ramsar sites such as Lake Nakuru, Lake Naivasha, Lake Elmentaita, Lake Baringo and the Tana River Delta, protected forests and all beaches, as per a report in Clean Up Kenya.

The single-use plastics items that have been banned include cutlery, plates, straws and stirrers, cotton buds, sticks for balloons, balloons, food containers, beverage cups, plastic bottles, cigarette butts, plastic bags, crisp packets, sweet wrappers, bread bags, all confectionery wrappers, wet wipes and sanitary items among others.

The ban is expected to have direct and immediate impact on hotel establishments that operate in the protected areas. The implementation of the ban will be straight forward for game parks where those entering will be asked to drop the materials in bins and some parks including Karura Park in Nairobi have already been doing this for many years, according to the report, which also states that it is still not clear how the ban will be implemented on public beaches and what penalties defaulters would be subjected to.