The government will start arresting the importers, producers and consumers of the popular polypropylene bags sold in supermarkets and other retail stores.
National Environment Management Authority (Nema) says it will launch a crackdown against the ‘‘very thin, poor quality non-reusable bags”.
Nema boss Prof Geoffrey Wahungu has warned Kenyans against defying the directive or risk being arrested, prosecuted and jailed.
“The penalties are equal to those of banned plastic bags. We are not going to tell them our strategies; that today we will raid Mombasa, Nairobi or Nakuru. To be clear, from today, non-woven bags are contraband and people will be arrested,” Prof Wahungu warned.