Kenya: President Kenyatta promises plastic ban by 2020


Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta has vowed to implement a single-use plastic ban across the country by 2020.

The president’s announcement comes more than two years after Kenya introduced an ambitious ban on plastic bags, which the government says has resulted in 80% of Kenyans no longer using single-use plastic bags. However, the country still faces a mounting plastic crisis, prompting the president to target a total plastic ban.

Kenya aims for single-use plastic ban

While Kenya’s ban on single-use plastic bags has drastically reduced their use across the country, the fight against pollution is far from won. Nairobi is one of the fastest-growing cities in the world and people from all over Kenya are moving to the capital, which drastically increases the presence of single-use plastics and other pollutants.

The city is struggling to contain its growing population and its landfills are at breaking point with the drastically increasing volumes of rubbish being produced by the capital.

Now, President Uhuru Kenyatta is vowing to implement a complete ban on single-use plastics by 2020. Following the success of its ban on plastic bags, his government is hoping it can make a similar impact on the wider use of single-use plastics by implementing a total ban by the end of next year.

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About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.