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Kenya Has Instituted One Of The Strictest Plastic Bag Bans In The World

Facing a massive plastic garbage problem, Kenya implements the world’s toughest plastic bag ban.

Kenya has enacted the world’s strictest ban on plastic carrier bags. How strict? Violators face fines of up to $38,000 or prison sentences of up to four years for selling, manufacturing or even carrying the offending bag.

The African country is struggling with a massive plastic trash and pollution problem, which has badly damaged the environment, clogging waterways, blocking drainage systems, killing wildlife, and contaminating the meat industry. Over the past 10 years, the government has repeatedly tried to rein in the ubiquitous bags — Kenyans use an estimated 24 million bags a month — but the plastic industry has opposed any attempts to limit the bags, and previous bans have been mired in appeals. Now, after a six-month preparation period, Kenya is serious about going bag-free.

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