Ban use of plastic bottles, urge MPs

A parliamentary committee wants the government to ban use of plastic bottles beginning next month even as it summoned Environment Cabinet secretary Keriako Tobiko to appear before it on Thursday.

The departmental committee on Environment chaired by Maara MP Kareke Mbiuki yesterday told manufacturers of plastic bottles to be prepared for the ban if they fail to come up with a recycle  plan before the end of this month.

He said the issue needs to be addressed urgently to save the environment from further pollution.

The move comes after the National Environment Management Authority (Nema) announced that plans are underway to ban use and manufacture of plastic bottles by the end of this month if manufacturers will not have come up with a plan on how to recycle them.

Nema said the authority is in the process of drafting a gazette notice that will see the ban effected by April 30. Data from the Ministry of Environment shows that approximately 50 million bottles are used annually countrywide. The bottles are disposed off into the environment, forming a bulk of waste.

“If the companies fail to come up with a plan to recycle the plastic bottles, then the government has no option but to ban them,” said Mbiuki.

The directive by the committee came on the day the MPs demanded that Tobiko appears before them and explain why he has been making roadside declarations without consulting all the stakeholders.

Efforts by the PS Environment Charles Sunkuli to save Tobiko were  futile as MPs declined to listen to him until the CS appears in person.

The MPs complained that Tobiko had called one of them where he accused him and the committee of frustrating his work following the committee’s recent appeal to have all the water towers transferred to the presidency.

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