burundi plans plastic bag ban
Burundi\'s President Pierre Nkurunziza has issued a decree banning the use of plastic bags in small central African countries over the next 18 months.
\"It is forbidden to manufacture, import, store, sell and use all plastic bags and other plastic packaging,\" said the president\'s order, signed on Monday and seen by AFP on Tuesday.
\"Before this decree comes into force, an 18-month grace period is granted to allow the disposal of current inventory and orders already placed,\" the decree wrote . \".
The decree includes a number of exemptions that may be authorized to be used for \"medical services and biodegradable plastic bags, bags and plastic materials used in industrial and pharmaceutical packaging \".
With the law in force, Burundi will join a growing number of African countries that have introduced a comprehensive ban on plastic bags to combat pollution, including Morocco, Rwanda and Kenya.