By YOANA KIMWELE.
The world environment day which occurs every June was Marked in several parts of the country.
The Message of The Director General of Kenya Environment Ministry was read in Kitui during the celebration.
It will be remembered that ban was effected in August 2017 may distort of recession from industry and other players who did not agree with the ban is banned was necessitated by the need to clear the environmental the non bad data for maintenance of the single use plastic which has become rampant and part of our packaging.
What this meant was that the amount of plastic that we were channeling out, was out of control and completely and unsustainable. So many others down the line and having also banned all forms of plastic you know that they have Yes, Kenya is still grappling with traffic pollution from other form of plastic as well as the threat of the legal plastics you finding their way into the country.
I am therefore very encouraged when we stand here today and repeat the theme on solution to plastic pollution.
The fact that plastic is once again, a global theme for world environment there is a clear indication that the world is in tune in cognizing the data that plastic pollution poses to the environment environment, its ecosystem and the health of the people as a country.
We are very proud to be global trendsetters in the fight against plastic pollution. Ladies and gentlemen, once again, the authority mandate is very clear that the Constitution and the environment money methane condition, which it was established mandate requires NEMA was not meant for all we therefore strive to adhere to the precautionary principle and attend the need to prevent mental degradation and ethical economic practices and public countries to ensure that all businesses are conducted.
To do this NEMA develops and enforces the relevant regulation to tackle pollution to the environment. We continue to undertake enforcement action to the class and companies and individuals discharging any waste and effort to the environment and the water bodies.
This has been done through stakeholder engagement meetings, awareness forums and Enforcement Initiative. Through compliance and enforcement. The Authority has recorded an increase in the uptake of effortless and licenses by the regulated community.
This therefore, that means compliance to the water quality regulation and subsequent reduction of pollution in the water bodies. In addition, the authority has continuously continuously carried out enforcement on the ban on plastic in certain counties to ensure compliance and read these areas of the DPD core plastic that may find their way back into the market.
We are currently confronting source citation and awareness creation or sustainable Waste Management Act 20.2 which is the new registration on the Waste Management. This act is in the combinations and the location of law for the cities, counties and national governments and national governments.
For us to succeed in the fight against plastic pollution, we must move from the linear economy to a circular one where the throw away culture will become a thing of the past. industries have to upgrade their processes in addition to rethinking their product. Design to ensure minimum non recyclable products reduced further, there needs to be an industrial symbiosis where industries work together to to make the rope concrete.
One person waste becomes another raw material to ensure no waste to take to the thinking design with the fourth try to gain by ensuring products are sustainable, and that they are sustainable in the sourcing of raw material as well as selling out sustainable products. Ready for the gentleman this year.
Well environment today’s celebration have been conducted you know for the for 7070s by our county directors and the government and production partners in the county government and other stakeholders. All activities again for one solution to plastic pollution as as well.
Three growing activities nine in the government 15 video on tree growing strategy actually take the opportunity to then call the stakeholders who have contributed in the other success of this county level celebration. Anything instrument I conclude my I conclude my May I take this opportunity to reiterate Nemours commitment and achievement of a clean, sustainable environment and placing emphasis on the role and responsibility of each and every individual in the protection of only one hub, which we have.
Our coordination role allows us to interact with all stakeholders at different levels for diverse activities. I wish to thank these stakeholders a different organization for the law they pray in making our environment free and healthy for all.
We are committed to working with everyone to achieve the success of our law and mandate by working together. The enormous and sometimes seemingly silly is a mountable job of making the environment better will be achieved. It is our job to gather letters Perfect. Thank you and God bless you by the end yes that is the