Jail and £30,000 fines threatened by new Kenyan plastic bag ban

Anyone found to be manufacturing, importing or even using plastic carrier bags for commercial and household packaging in Kenya could face a fine of up to £30,000 and imprisonment of up to two years after a new ban was introduced this week.

Despite a high court challenge, the ban came into effect at the third attempt in ten years on 28 August and will apply to all plastic carrier bags with or without gussets or handles and flat bags used as secondary packaging material.

Jail and £30,000 fines threatened by new Kenyan plastic bag banIntroducing the ban in February, the Kenyan Government said that anyone contravening the ban ‘shall be liable to a fine of not less than two million Kenya Shillings (£15,000), and not more than four million Kenya shillings (£30,000), or imprisonment of a term of not less than one year but not more than two years or to both such fine and imprisonment’. It has since been reported that offenders could face up to four years in prison.