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Tanzania imposes ban on plastic carrier bags

24th June 2019

As of 1 June 2019, Tanzania has joined another 13 African countries in imposing a ban on the production, import, supply and use of plastic carrier bags of any thickness.

The measure, announced by Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa, is part of the government’s efforts to promote sustainable policies and reduce environmental pollution. No plastic carrier bag will be allowed to circulate in the country except for those used for wrapping and packaging food, medicine and agricultural products.

According to a Daily News report, Tanzania produced over 56,000 tonnes of plastic bags and used over two billion of them a year. Data obtained from the National Environment Management Council (NEMC) shows that despite its economic and technological progress, Tanzania marginally lags behind in terms of plastic recycling with levels as low as only 1%.

The law in force in the 14 African countries marks a first important step towards a global reduction in plastics, especially in the marine environment. According to a study by the United Nations, 90% of the plastic present in the oceans originates from ten non-European rivers, including the Oyono on the border between Cameroon and Nigeria.

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