Governor Mike Sonko asks city residents to be patient as he prepares...

Governor Mike Sonko asks city residents to be patient as he prepares for an alternative plan for garbage after the ban of plastic bags

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Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has set a plan to come up with an alternative to for garbage collection and storage for city users.

The Governor has promised an eco-friendly garbage bag made of corn and starch which will be distributed to homes.

Speaking on Tuesday the Governor revealed that talks to producers on such bags were ongoing and they promised that the bags will be environment-friendly to avoid any legal action from National Environment Management Authority (NEMA).

STATEMENT BY NAIROBI GOVERNOR ON THE BAN OF PLASTICS BAGS

One of the greatest challenges Nairobi faces today is waste management and disposal. Plastic bags form major contributor to the waste disposed by every household in Nairobi.

During my campaigns, I pledged to deliver a cleaner, healthier city. And I choose to stick to my promise.

Despite the huge inconvenience the ban may cause to the manufacturers, the business community and consumers, we all have to agree that we have a duty to conserve and protect our environment for future generations.

I wish to state categorically that I am in full support of the ban. That is why my administration has embarked on elaborate discussions with producers of eco-friendly bags that are 100% biodegradable, alongside key sector players including the Ministry of Environment and the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA). In the next few days, my administration will not only provide these eco-friendly bags made from corn and cassava starch to households for waste disposal, but support the establishment of new factories and conversion of existing ones to manufacture them.

This will not only provide thousands of jobs for our youth, but also provide an alternative to our traders and residents, in compliance with the law.

I look forward to the support of all of you as we make Nairobi the “Green City in the Sun” again.

#TransformingNairobi –
H.E. MIKE MBUVI SONKO
GOVERNOR
Nairobi City County

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