tanzania latest african nation to ban plastic bags

by:Yucai     2020-01-02
Tanzania imposed a ban on plastic bags on Saturday as Africa took the lead in efforts to stop the wave of plastic polluting the farthest parts of the planet and the depths of the ocean.
According to the United Nations Environment Programme, Tanzania is banning the import, production, sale and use of plastic bags as 34 African countries implementing such restrictions (UNEP).
\"Let me clarify that once the government does not intend to add a few more days by June 1, we will not tolerate anyone who uses them.
The vice president of Tanzania said: \"Plastic bags are not allowed in the country
President Hassan said in announcing the move on April. Tanzania -
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A notice was also given to travellers that they had to \"hand over\" the plastic bags they had before entering the country.
\"The government expects that due to the need to protect the environment and keep our country clean and beautiful, our tourists will accept the slight inconvenience caused by the ban on plastic bags, the statement said.
According to local media reports, anyone found to have made or imported plastic bags and plastic packaging can be fined 1 billion Tanzanian shillings (
$430, € 390)
Or face imprisonment of up to two years.
Possession and use may result in a fine of $87 or imprisonment for seven days, or both.
According to UNEP, there are 127 countries around the world that have some sort of plastic bag legislation, 91 of which include bans or restrictions on manufacturing, import and retail distribution.
Of these countries, there are 34 in Africa, followed by 29 in Europe.
Patrick Mwesigye, UNEP regional cooperation organization
The resource efficiency coordinator told AFP that the degree of success of the ban varies across Africa.
The plastic bag ban in Rwanda, which has been in place for more than a decade, is considered one of the most successful.
\"But one advantage in Rwanda is that there is not much plastic manufacturing,\" said Mwesigye . \"
Countries whose manufacturing and import industries are affected by the ban are more difficult in enforcing the ban. \"In Kenya. . .
Very effective.
\"You also have some plastic smuggled from neighboring countries,\" he said . \"
Kenya imposed a particularly harsh law on 2017 plastic bans, with fines of up to $38 000 (32 000 euros)and four-
Annual sentence.
In reality, however, although there is a wave of arrests, fines and imprisonment are far from being banned.
Mwesigye said that some countries have imposed bans before ensuring that there are suitable alternatives, and monitoring and actual implementation are also a challenge.
Single scourge
The acting executive director of UNEP, plasticsJoyce Msuya, praised Tanzania for joining the country implementing the ban.
\"It is essential that the ban now be supplemented by efforts to identify effective alternatives to a single banuse plastics. . .
Scientists estimate that the world now produces 0. 3 billion tons of plastic a year, floating at least 5 trillion pieces of plastic in the ocean.
Most of the items that pollute the oceans and landscapes and cause terrible deaths to the creatures living there are used and thrown away in one go, such as bags, straws and food packaging.
During the march, countries failed to agree on a single timetable for phasing out all
Instead of using plastic, choose to \"significantly reduce\" production.
There are no national plastic bag regulations in the United States, Canada and Australia.
Although some US states such as Hawaii or California have imposed bans.
The EU voted in a parade to ban more than a dozen forms of single
Plastic will be used from 2021.
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