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Reuters, KENYA

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In Nairobi, Kenya, young engineers make good use of the mounting single-use plastic that the nation has little potential to recycle by converting it into bricks.

In June 2020, in protected natural areas, such as national parks, beaches, and forests, Kenya placed a ban on the use of single-use plastic waste. The country had already made headlines earlier in 2017 with landmark legislation that saw a national ban on plastic bags.

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Yet, plastic keeps piling up across the East African region. Around 500 metric tons of plastic waste are produced every single day in the capital city of Nairobi alone. There is concern that a further 500 tons will reach the African country, although the country has the capacity to recycle a fraction of it. This is the product of a recent Kenya-US free-trade agreement.

Plastics are everywhere, including in what we eat, says Amos Wemanya, a project supporter and Greenpeace campaigner.

"Microplastics are in our food, they are in our air, they are in our water, and they are causing health problems," he says.

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