Plastic waste is a major environmental hazard in Kenya. Most of the plastics produced in Kenya become litter and continue to pile up in dumpsites due to their non-biodegradable nature. In the absence of a properly disposal system, plastic wastes also pile within densely populated areas, largely inhabited by poor populations, creating unhygienic and unhealthy environments. Plastic also litter open fields choking soil and posing danger to animals, including livestock when they accidentally consume it. During surface runoffs, plastic is washed downstream hence polluting aquatic and marine ecosystems. Most plastic wastes come from used wrapping products from industries, carry bags and soft drinks packaging.
The government of Kenya has, since August 2017, imposed a ban on plastic materials. In the same year, the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) meeting under the theme “towards pollution free planet” to address the problem of pollution, passed a total of 9 resolutions among them, Marine litter and Micro Plastics resolutions to tackle plastics pollution globally
CEJAD works towards the implementation of the UNEA plastics and marine litter resolution in Kenya as well as promoting the effective implementation of the ban on plastic bags the country. We do this by:
- Raising awareness among the public on the plastic ban in Kenya and the negative impacts of plastics pollution to environment
- Conducting studies and surveys to generate knowledge on the situation of plastics pollution in Kenya to help inform policy and effective legislative frameworks
- Advocate for end to plastics production and use of environmentally friendly alternative products
- Promoting and demonstration of zero waste solutions to address plastics pollution and poor management of solid waste in general in Kenya