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Things to know about Tanzania's plastic bag ban

Things to know about Tanzania's plastic bag ban

A ban on plastic bags came into force in Tanzania on Saturday as part of an effort to tackle pollution in the East African country.

It follows similar steps by others in the region, including Kenya and Rwanda, to phase out non-biodegradable plastics.

The ban applies to the production, importation, sale and use of all single-use plastic bags. The government has also warned tourists to "surrender" any plastic bags before entering the country, which is home to popular attractions such as Mount Kilimanjaro and the Serengeti.

Bans in Kenya and Rwanda

Neighboring Rwanda introduced a ban on plastic bags more than a decade ago. One reason it's been successful, according to Patrick Mwesigye of the UN Environment Program (UNEP), is that "there wasn't much manufacturing of plastics" in the country before the ban.

In 2017, Kenya introduced one of the world's toughest bans on the items — just using one can be punished with up to four years in prison or a fine of $38,000.

"In Kenya ... it has been very effective," Mwesigye told Agence France-Presse. "Still you have some plastic smuggled from neighboring countries" like Uganda, he added.

The new regulations take effect from 1st June 2019 in Tanzania, and just being a tourist or a visitor in any other capacity will not be acceptable as an excuse for carrying or using plastic bags.

Please observe these new rules and ensure that all members of your group are aware of them, too. Together, we can work to tackle the huge problem across the world, namely the dreadful pollution caused by non-biodegradable waste – especially plastic bags.

Currently, less than 10% of the world’s production is recycled. One thing’s for sure: the use of plastic is both an environmental catastrophe and a horrible eyesore – especially when set against the natural beauty of the Tanzanian landscape.

Help Tanzania to remain beautiful – so do not bring any single-use plastic bags into the country!



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