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CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu, with Kajiado CEC incharge of Lands and Environment, Hon. Ali Letura viewing eco-friendly carrier bags during the exhibition in Ngong.

Environment and Natural Resources Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu has appealed to Kenyans to change their culture of dumping in an effort to tackle the widespread problem of solid waste management in all counties.

The CS said that in the wake of the recent ban on plastics in the country, her Ministry had teamed up with county governments to improve solid waste management that was a menace in all counties despite being a devolved function.

Prof. Wakhungu was speaking in Ngong town  when she visited an exhibition for the eco-friendly alternative packaging after the plastic bags ban that took effect on August 28, 2017. The exhibition focused on packaging and carrier bags commonly used members of the public for their shopping.

The CS who was accompanied by the kajiado county chief executive committee member for lands and Environment Mr. Ali Letura confirmed that a joint effort to relocate the Ngong dumpsite was bearing fruit after a development partner was identified to finance the new venture of a landfill comprising of a state of the art management of solid waste.

The CS noted that her Ministry in conjunction with the National Environment Authority (NEMA) was currently involved with mopping up the remnants of polythene materials that would be used for recycling.

She appealed to members of the public still holding stocks of the banned carrier bags to surrender them at designated supermarkets of; Tuskys, Nakumatt and Uchumi who will in turn hand them over to NEMA.

Prof. Wakhungu confirmed the country had vast plantations of trees including bamboo that produce pulp, alongside other local materials for eco-friendly alternative packaging.

NEMA director General Prof. Geoffrey Wahungu noted that his Authority was satisfied with the level of innovation to produce alternatives to the banned plastic bags, adding that further sensitization regarding eco-friendly alternatives will be carried in counties.

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu at the exhibition stand of the TeamEnvironment Kenya, viewing innovative eco-friendly carrier bags made by members of the group.DSC_0202


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