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Plastic ban has led to cleaner beaches, conservationists say

A beach clean up exercise. FILE PHOTO | Laban Walloga | NMG
A beach clean up exercise. FILE PHOTO | Laban Walloga | NMG 

The Malindi Marine Park has hailed the recent plastic bag ban enforced by the government for boosting environmental conservation efforts along Kenya's coastline.

According to officials at the park, plastic waste that finds its way into the ocean had drastically gone down following the ban.

“The ban has really helped my team in the conservation of the marine Park and the sandy beaches and we hope that Nema (National Environmental Management Authority) will extend the ban or limit use of plastic bottles,” Marine Park Senior Warden Jane Gitau said today.

Speaking during a clean-up exercise along Coco beach in Watamu, she said her team had collected 534 kilogrammes of plastic waste which is much lower than what was collected two months ago.

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