Kenya Must Not BackSlide on Progress Made Against Plastic Pollution

Kenya is set to backslide on its own anti-plastic regulations following a proposal to remove excise duty from the locally produced plastics giving manufacturers a chance to revive plastic production. If this proposal contained in the Finance Bill 2023, becomes law in its current form, it will likely lead to increased plastic production locally.

Responding to these developments, Greenpeace Africa’s Communication and Story Manager, Hellen Dena has said:

“It is disappointing that Kenya wants to back-track on the progress made in its plastic-free ambitions by folding to pressure from manufacturers and plastic proponents. Kenya and Rwanda are among countries in Africa that are uniquely placed to lead the world into a plastic-free future. Rescinding on these commitments will derail the progress made across the entire continent.

“Plastic pollution has been shown to have disproportionate impacts on marginalised communities and the ecosystem that millions depend on for livelihoods. As a product of fossil fuels and toxic additives, plastic production – and its incineration – releases harmful toxins into the environment which contribute to rising temperatures globally, thus exacerbating the negative impacts of the climate crisis.

“With the ban on single-use plastic packaging and on plastic in all protected areas, Kenya has made great strides to reduce plastic pollution. This proposal could negate all the gains made in the last 6 years the ban has been in place. We urge Kenya’s National Assembly to reject the bill .”

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