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Traders using plastics will be charged – NEMA boss

Director General says governor had entrusted the role of making Kajiado a model county in waste management to him

By Beverline Timanoi

The National Environment Management Authority has reiterated that the ban on plastics is still in place and that traders in possession of such will be charged in court.

Mamo Mamo, the Director General of NEMA, warned that their officials would be dispatched to Kajiado County to arrest any traders found using the banned plastic papers.

“Our constitution states that citizens have a right to a clean environment; anyone caught with the banned plastic papers shall face court charges,” said Mamo during a recent clean-up exercise held in Kitengela.

He said the governor had entrusted the role of making Kajiado a model county in waste management to him and Environment Chief Officer James Sankale (pictured) and that he will work towards ensuring residents undertake a cleanup of towns every last Saturday of the month.

Recycling companies led by Taka ni Mali Initiative were also part of the initiative and shared ideas on how to make money from garbage.

“We shall be buying a kilogramme of waste plastic bottles for Sh20,” said Eliaza Mabwai, the CEO of Taka ni Mali Initiative.

He added that the county has already done its part by providing the company with an entrepreneurial hub at the Noonkopir dumpsite and purchasing recycling machinery through a tender.

“We have employed over 200 people in the project; we shall be setting up a recycling centre at every sub-county, and we have also launched a mobile app that we shall be using to collect garbage from individuals in estates for recycling,” said Mabwai.

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