Friday, July 28, 2017

PS Sunkuli bis farewell to OXO PLAST directgor Shazia Khan who paid a courtesy call on him.

The government will intensify awareness of alternative biodegradable carrier bags as the ban for plastics takes effect in August this year, Principal Secretary for Environment Mr. Charles Sunkuli has said.

He emphasized the government’s commitment to invest in new technology that will support the private sector in developing eco-friendly carrier bags to replace the plastic bag whose ban takes effect on August 28th.

The ban which was gazette by the Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Natural Resources Prof. Judi Wakhungu on 28th February 2017, affects the manufacture, sale and use of plastic carrier bags usually designed for domestic use.

The plastic carrier bags have been blamed for widespread pollution of the ecosystems, blockage of drainages, deaths of livestock and littering of the environment.

Mr. Sunkuli was speaking at his office when he received m/s Shazia Khan a director of Oxo Plast, a local company that manufactures alternative carrier bags who paid a courtesy call on him.

He said that the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources was encouraging producers of eco-friendly carrier bags in a bid to satisfy the demand of the local market and to promote a clean, healthy and sustainable environment.

The PS advised manufacturers to liaise with the   Kenya Bureau of Standards to ensure their products were certified as eco-friendly for use in the domestic market.

The Director of Environmental Education and Awareness in the Ministry Dr. Ayub Macharia accompanied the PS  during the courtesy call.

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