Plastic bags ban wipes out thousands of jobs

Thousands of Kenyans working in the plastic bag industry were yesterday headed to a future without jobs after a dozen companies shut down their plants as the ban on polythene carrier bags came into effect.

Kenya in March imposed a ban on the manufacture, use and importation of plastic bags for commercial and household packaging effective August 28.

The ban — the third attempt in a decade — has seen Kenya join other environmentally conscious nations in curbing the use of plastics.

Two plastic bag makers said they had wound up operations and relieved nearly 1,000 workers of their duties.