Supermarkets in Uasin Gishu county to provide free alternative carrier bags

Since the plastic bags ban,supermarkets have compelled customers to buy alternative carriers instead of providing them.

Members of the County Assembly from Uasin Gishu county passed a motion to have the supermarkets offer the alternative carriers as opposed to having the customers buy them.

They argued that the ban on plastic bags — effected in August 2018 — should not be used by supermarkets as an excuse to mistreat customers.

“You all remember so well that plastic bags were costly even before this ban yet our supermarkets could generously afford them and even branded them.

"Right now those supermarket attendants boldly throw in everything into one bag. This is unacceptable,” said Ng'enyilel MCA David Sing'oei.

Majority Leader Josphat Lowoi accused the supermarkets of putting lives of Kenyans at risk by stuffing different goods in one carrier bag unlike the past where foodstuff and detergents were separated.

Hr asked the implementation committee to ensure the law is fully enforced with immediate effect.

"The implementation committee need to follow up on this motion and ensure that our county executive arm implements it fully as soon as possible."

Two MCA's however opposed the motion arguing that it would hurt the supermarket business in the county.

"All we need to do first is carry out a comprehensive market survey with a view of determining the real facts before victimising supermarkets for not giving free bags.

"They must be having a reason why they ask customers to buy carrier bags or have their own," said Kimumu MCA Sarah Malel.

The motion will now be forwarded to the executive arm of county government for implementation.

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