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    Kenyan Plastic Bag Ban Includes Jail Time

    Don’t get carried away. Kenya has just enacted the world’s toughest plastic bag prohibition, slapping a maximum penalty of a $40,000 fine, or even a four-year prison sentence, on people who manufacture, use or traffic in them. Producers and distributors of the environmentally damaging carrying conveniences, now scattered throughout Kenya’s slums and blocking its waterways, are reportedly the primary target. The law, which follows bag rules in 40 other nations and took three attempts before it passed, has prompted supermarkets to give customers cloth bags in hopes of changing people’s habits.

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