Ban plastic bottles to save people and aquatic life , researchers have told the government.
The researchers warned that as plastic pollution increases in the country, Kenyans will suffer from health complications related to pollution.
Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute CEO James Njiru said by 2050 there will be more plastics than fish in the oceans and lakes. “The plastics will be about 50 million metric tonnes more than the fish in the oceans,” said Prof Njiru.
Some of the plastic waste is generated by water vessels, abandoned fish gears and other deposited by rivers. Plastic can take decades to thousands of years to degrade.
Often fish and birds mistake the small plastic particles for food. “Unfortunately, the fish feed on micro plastics which end up on our dinner tables. Plastics are known to affect human health,” he said.
Similarly, the plastics are known to cause injuries and some entangle the fish and mammals in the oceans and lakes. “Plastics not only suffocate the fish but also bloat their digestive system,” said the CEO.
Source: Daily Nation