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21 Mar 2017 - NAKURU, Kenya (Xinhua) - Increased public awareness may herald a success for Kenya's latest ban on plastic bags that has seen abortive attempts in the past, an environmental activist has said.

The 28 February gazette notice by Kenya's environmental ministry to prohibit use, manufacture and importation of plastic bags for commercial and household wrapping is the fourth attempt by the Kenyan government to end pollution with the non-biodegradable solid waste.

The previous attempts made in 2005, 2007 and 2011 failed to materialize amid fierce opposition from manufacturers and flawed enforcement mechanism.

But this time it will work, said James Waikibia, environmental activist who has been running an online campaign against large-scale use of plastic bags for the past two years.

"It has been a long journey and I am convinced we are finally going to make it a reality. Other countries succeeded and Kenya is not an exception," said Waikibia.

He believes people are more knowledgeable of the dangers of the plastic use and will thus support the ban.

"The current level of awareness among the people on the dangers of plastic waste is different from the scenario a while back. People have become enlightened on their health and environmental hazards," he said.

Waikibia said it was urgent to wipe out existence of the plastic bags considering the harm they cause to the environment and the people and the difficulties of recycling them. CONTINUE READING: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-03/21/c_136145690.htm

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Hua Xia