Kilifi County is advocating for a total ban on the use of baby diapers, saying it is a major polluter of the oceans.

A diaper bag. Kenya’s annual diaper consumption is estimated at 750 million. FILE PHOTO | NMG

Mariam Jenneby, the county chief officer for environment and natural resources, said single-use plastics and baby diapers formed a huge part of non-biodegradable waste.

She asked the National Environment Management Authority (Nema) to intervene by putting an end to their use.

“I urge the government and Nema to keep a total ban on single-use plastic products and baby diapers. They have created a hazardous environment in our community,” said Ms Jenneby at Kanamai Majengo during the World Combat Desertification Day.

The county environmental experts said tonnes of non-decomposing baby diapers usually find their way to the beach and into the Indian Ocean thereby becoming a threat to marine life.