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Wednesday, 30 Aug 2017 17:18 EATnkiru@kenyafreepress.com
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.