Skip to main content
main-content
Top

Hint

Swipe to navigate through the articles of this issue

02-01-2021 | SPECIAL FEATURE: ORIGINAL ARTICLE | Issue 2/2021

Journal of Material Cycles and Waste Management 2/2021

A study on consumer consciousness and behavior to the plastic bag ban in Kenya

Journal:
Journal of Material Cycles and Waste Management > Issue 2/2021
Authors:
Isaac Omondi, Misuzu Asari
Important notes

Electronic supplementary material

The online version of this article (https://​doi.​org/​10.​1007/​s10163-020-01142-y) contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

Publisher's Note

Springer Nature remains neutral with regard to jurisdictional claims in published maps and institutional affiliations.

Abstract

Single use plastics pose environmental and socioeconomic problems in our life and ecosystems. After a 14 year attempt, Kenya successfully adopted a plastic bag ban for secondary packaging in August 2017. Globally, the impact of plastic bag policies are limited or not documented. Using a questionnaire survey, this study explored consumer consciousness towards the ban, reusable bag usage behavior, and estimated plastic bag consumption before the ban. Results indicate that the ban has favorable support of about 67% from consumers. The perceptions towards cleanliness and waste management were different between urban and rural respondents. This highlighted differences in awareness creation and enforcement of the ban. Behaviorally, ownership of reusable bags tripled to 12 bags per household. Plastic reusable bags were the most owned and most discarded bags within 6 months. Moreover, a report estimates that 300 million bags (8.3–6.7 bags person−1 y−1) were consumed annually in 2005 and 2017 before the ban, the current study estimates the ban potential eliminates about 6.2 billion bags (138 bags capita−1 y−1) from the waste stream. It is thus important to incorporate usage frequency, reusable bags standards, waste and health factors in policy formulation. Proper usage of reusable bags prevents waste and lowers their environmental burden.

Please log in to get access to this content

To get access to this content you need the following product:

Springer Professional "Wirtschaft+Technik"

Online-Abonnement

Mit Springer Professional "Wirtschaft+Technik" erhalten Sie Zugriff auf:

  • über 69.000 Bücher
  • über 500 Zeitschriften

aus folgenden Fachgebieten:

  • Automobil + Motoren
  • Bauwesen + Immobilien
  • Business IT + Informatik
  • Elektrotechnik + Elektronik
  • Energie + Umwelt
  • Finance + Banking
  • Management + Führung
  • Marketing + Vertrieb
  • Maschinenbau + Werkstoffe
  • Versicherung + Risiko

Testen Sie jetzt 30 Tage kostenlos.

Springer Professional "Technik"

Online-Abonnement

Mit Springer Professional "Technik" erhalten Sie Zugriff auf:

  • über 50.000 Bücher
  • über 380 Zeitschriften

aus folgenden Fachgebieten:

  • Automobil + Motoren
  • Bauwesen + Immobilien
  • Business IT + Informatik
  • Elektrotechnik + Elektronik
  • Energie + Umwelt
  • Maschinenbau + Werkstoffe




Testen Sie jetzt 30 Tage kostenlos.

Supplementary Material
Available only for authorised users
Literature
About this article

Other articles of this Issue 2/2021

Journal of Material Cycles and Waste Management 2/2021 Go to the issue