Tanzania bans use of plastic bags

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Tanzania has banned the use of plastic bags, effective from January 2017.

The East African country’s authorities have advised manufacturers of the paper bags to adopt new technologies of making biodegradable bags.

“Plastic bags will not be used in the country from January 1,” Luhaga Mpina, the Deputy Minister in the Vice-President’s Office responsible for Environment, told a Parliamentary Committee on Industries, Trade and Environment on Friday.

The minister presented a raft of regulations in line with the ban, indicating that there will be an exemption of the use of plastic bags in medical services, industrial packaging, construction industry, agricultural sector and in sanitary use and waste management.

Neighbouring Rwanda already has a plastic ban in place, and this is said to be one of the major reasons for Kigali’s cleanliness.

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