Tanzania bans use of plastic carrier bags from next month


The government Tanzania has banned plastic carrier bags from the first of next month.

However plastic packaging for medical services, industrial products, construction industry, agricultural sector, foodstuff, sanitary and waste management are exempt from the ban.

Also, plastic carrier items known as “ziploc bags” that are specifically used to carry toiletries will be permitted as they are expected to remain in the permanent possession of visitors and not to be disposed of during their stay in the country.

In a statement, the government advised visitors to avoid carrying plastic carrier bags of any form in their suitcases or hand luggage before embarking on a trip to that country.

A Special desk will be designated at all entry points for visitors to surrender plastic bags upon arrival.

The statement adds that the Tanzanian government does not intend for visitors to the country to find their stay unpleasant and appealed to visitors to accept the inconveniences that this directive may cause, as it strives to protect the environment and keep the country clean.

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