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Tanzania plans to ban single-use plastic carrier bags from July 1

Christian Fernsby ▼ | April 9, 2019
The government of Tanzania said on Monday that plans were afoot to ban the use of single-use plastic carrier bags effective on July 1.
January Makamba
Africa   January Makamba, Tanzanian Minister of State
Regulations on the legislation banning the use of single-use plastic carrier bags were ready pending a notice in the official government gazette, said January Makamba, Tanzanian Minister of State in the Vice-President's Office responsible for Environment.

Makamba told the marathon budget session of the National Assembly in the capital Dodoma that his office will this week meet government institutions to put in place procedures for banning the plastic bags.

The minister was responding to Magdalena Sakaya, a Member of Parliament for Kaliua constituency in Tabora region, who had wanted to know measures being taken by the government to ban the plastic bags.

Mussa Sima, the Deputy Minister in the Vice-President's Office, dealing with Environment, told the House the use of single-use plastic carrier bags in the east African nation was on the increase because they were being given free of charge by owners of shops, markets and restaurants.

He said most of the plastic bags were imported in the country from neighboring countries that have already enforced the ban on use of plastic bags.

Kenya said this week that it was pushing its neighbors, especially Uganda and Tanzania, to ban the single-use plastic carrier bags, as it struggled to control smuggling of the products into its territory.

Kenya and Rwanda have banned plastic carrier bags, and Nairobi wants Uganda, Tanzania and Burundi to join in the fight against the plastic menace.