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Nema denies 691 firms new licences for plastic packaging

Nema Director-General Geoffrey Wahungu (left), deputy director monitoring Betty Nzioka and evaluation and deputy director compliance Zephania Ouma during a media briefing on the ban of polythene papers bags in Nairobi, October 13, 2017. PHOTO | SALATON NJAU | NMG
Nema Director-General Geoffrey Wahungu (left), deputy director monitoring Betty Nzioka and evaluation and deputy director compliance Zephania Ouma during a media briefing on the ban of polythene papers bags in Nairobi, October 13, 2017. PHOTO | SALATON NJAU | NMG 

The government has rejected applications by 691 firms that re-applied for licences to continue producing plastic packaging products following the ban on plastic bags.

The National Environmental Management Authority (Nema) said on Friday that the companies failed to make full disclosure on their operations.

The applications were also rejected because the firms failed to provide proof of lack of alternatives or produced excessive or unnecessary packaging while others were for secondary use, Nema Director-General Prof Geoffrey Wahungu said.

Nema allowed 1,250 manufacturers and importers to continue operations but each firm will have to include its identity details on the product.

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