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[Ambassador report] Plastic Waste Littering

by Okoth Okoth | 13-09-2019 20:05 Comments 9 Comments recommendations 0 recommendations



Plastic waste issue still remain a problem in various parts of Kenya even though the issues has attracted widespread concern and attention, particularly in the last three years due to the widespread littering throughout the country. 

The rapid rate of urbanization and resettlement throughout the world has led to the generation of increasing amounts of wastes, including plastic wastes and e-wastes and this in turn poses difficulty in disposal.

The problem is more acute in developing countries such as Kenya. There are large amounts of plastic wastes and plastic bags littered all over in Kenyan markets and within various higher learning institutions. This has led to environmental pollution, particularly degradation of water streams and blockage of drainage systems especially in public institutions and towns.

There is need for effective implementation of current policies on plastic waste management, particularly plastic bags and plastic bottles. Plastic bags and bottles contribute immensely and intensively to the littering and pose a serious problem of disposal. 

A few policies exist in Kenya that address the acute problem of waste management. The weaknesses and gaps of the existing policies need to be reviewed and development of an efficient policy approach initiated.

Waste management policies in Kenya have for a long time been unclear because of lack of clear methodologies of collection, treatment and disposal of wastes. There is need for a serious intervention to address re-emerging cases of plastic waste littering in Kenya particularly in Maseno market and its environs.
Plastic waste littering at Maseno Market Plastic waste at Maseno University

9 Comments

Kushal Naharki

  • Kushal Naharki says :
    Hello Okoth

    I do hope that you are fine and doing great with your works.
    Thank you for your report about Plastic Waste Littering

    Green Cheers from Nepal :)
    Keep writing great reports.
    We are eager to read more reports from you.

    Regards,
    Kushal Naharki

    Posted 04-10-2019 21:49

Hyeongmin Mentor

  • Hyeongmin Mentor says :
    Hello Okoth, thanks for the detailed report about the situation in Kenya.
    Through the pictures you posted, I can see how serious it is.
    Waste issue is one of the major problems in many countries since it can lead to another severe problems such as air, water pollution.
    Obviously there are some actions government can take, but the more important thing is the citizen's awareness of this problem.
    I hope the situation in Kenya get better before it's too late.
    Posted 18-09-2019 23:14

Asmita Gaire

  • Asmita Gaire says :
    Hello okoth
    Plastic waste has been the biggest threat.
    Thank you so much for this report.
    Green cheers
    Yours
    Asmita Gaire
    Posted 16-09-2019 01:07

Sandhya Adhikari

  • Sandhya Adhikari says :
    Lets make our environment green. Lets join our hand to mitigate the problem of plastics.
    Green Cheers.
    Posted 15-09-2019 15:00

Nikolay Dagaev

  • Nikolay Dagaev says :
    Hello Okoth Okoth!
    The problem of plastic waste is widespread. As I understand from your report, there are several strategies in Kenya to address the acute problem of waste management. You are absolutely right when you say that it is necessary to analyse the weaknesses and gaps in existing policies and to start developing an effective policy approach.
    Thank you for sharing this information!
    Posted 14-09-2019 16:36

Meena Pandey

  • Meena Pandey says :
    Plastic litter is not only litter but the sin and different environmental issuues we are inviting for.
    LETS REDUCE,REUSE,RECYCLE AND RETHINK ON IT.

    Posted 14-09-2019 01:39

Israel Adeoye

  • Israel Adeoye says :
    Hi Okoth Okoth,

    The poor waste management is a global issue and the daily increase of this really call for immediate attention.

    Actually, as long as waste management is concern, formulation of policies will not go far if implementation and execution. Of such policies are not intensively planned and that your report has highlighted.

    I hope that the Kenyan government can review their existing policies on waste matters and be on the top gear for its implementation.

    Thanks for your report, very educating!
    Posted 13-09-2019 23:23

ALOK DHAKAL

  • ALOK DHAKAL says :
    Let's keep up the green work and enhance climate/environmental literacy among people!
    Posted 13-09-2019 23:17

Lisa Mentor

  • Lisa Mentor says :
    Hello Okoth,
    it's Lisa:)

    Plastic is a great problem that Korea also shares with your country as do other countries.
    For Korea, the situation seems less serious because there are more policies and institutions well set regarding the issue. The management system and the recycling is well institutionalized and so visually it seems okay. Yet, the amount of plastic waste is increasing every year, and the recycling job is not being done well as expected.
    I believe that the problem in my country is people's lack of awareness and a weak sense of responsibility. People believe that it's okay for 'them' to still use plastic while they do know that plastics are causing some severe problems to the environment.
    To deal with this environmental disaster, all of us, every individual should work together. It's wrong to expect others to act and care while they themselves don't.
    That's why I believe that educating people is as important as devising an efficient and smart policy to tackle the environmental problem.
    You and I could do that can't we?
    By writing articles such as yours, and telling people, our community of environmental issue, we can all contribute to the enhancement of climate/environmental literacy!

    Let's keep up the green work.
    Green cheers for us!


    Your Lisa

    Posted 13-09-2019 21:04

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