January 20th 2018

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Businesses, exports to suffer as plastic ban takes hold

Some of the most important household products adversely affected include salt and ​maize flour.​ Distribution and supply of fertilizer will also been disrupted because the flat plastic liners used in their packaging ​are affected by the ​ban.

By Njuguna Kirunkiru@kenyafreepress.comWednesday, 30 Aug 2017 17:18 EAT

The Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) has said that the ban on plastics has affected manufacturers who supply the export market where the products are not banned, a move that will impact on export revenues.

The umbrella industry association said in a statement that Kenya stands to lose export revenue because there is currently uncertainty about the​ manufacture of plastic flat bags used for packaging of flowers, fish, tea and EPZ exports.

KAM has received formal notification from plastic bag manufacturers​ of industrial and non-industrial​ packaging that they have temporarily suspended their manufacturing and delivery operations following the recent ban on plastics. The ​reasons for the suspension is to enable them get clarifications on the following areas in order to continue their operations:

  a) KEBS permit which expired on 28th August, pending further notice.

  b) ​Clearance letters as required from NEMA for both manufacturers and their users

  c) ​Meaning of extended producer/user responsibility and or effective manufacturer and user ​take back schemes for manufacturers and customers.

  d) ​Enforcement intervention and implementation​ for manufacturers and users​​.

Attached ​are ​documents released by ​NEMA​, some published as late as last week, introducing a new directive, the extended producer/user responsibility, affecting both the manufacturer and user of the plastics​.

Some of the most important household products adversely affected include salt and ​maize flour.​ Distribution and supply of fertilizer will also be disrupted because the flat plastic liners used in their packaging ​are affected by the ​ban.

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