Kilifi county has called for the ban on the use of baby diapers and single use plastic bottles claiming it’s the biggest polluter of the marine ecosystem
Speaking at Kanamai Majengo during the World Combat Desertification Day today, Mariam Jenneby, the county chief officer for environment and natural resources, said single-use plastics and baby diapers are the commonly used non-biodegradable waste.
Jenneby urged the National Environment Management Authority (Nema) to put an end to their use.
“I urge the government to impose a total ban on single-use plastic products and baby diapers. They have created a hazardous environment in our community,” said Ms Jenneby
The county environmental experts said tonnes of non-decomposing baby diapers usually find their way to the beach and into the Indian Ocean threatening marine life.
The ban, she said, will also push parents to go back to the traditional method of using cotton napkins that were environment-friendly.
“Today we have cleaned our town and planted some trees, however, when you look at the dumpsite most of those plastics being dumped are the diapers; Nema should ban them,” she added.
To ensure a clean environment, she said, her department has come up with rules and regulations that are awaiting approval at the county assembly to curb illegal dumping in the county.
“We have a bill at the county assembly, which we hope will become law that shall see those dumping garbage illegally arrested and fined not less than Sh15,000.”