Government to ban plastic bags in November

Plastic carriers will be banned from November
Plastic carriers will be banned from November

FRANCISTOWN: Cabinet has taken a decision to ban the use of plastic carrier and flat bags effective from November 1, 2018. The deputy director in the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism, Frank Molebatsi revealed this during a consultative workshop about the ban on Thursday.

Molebatsi stated that the decision to ban plastics was made following several attempts in the past to manage or control the proliferation of plastic carrier bags in the environment. He said that in the past public education and awareness about the proper use of plastic bags to curb littering, promotion of its reduction, reuse, and recycling initiatives and development of compulsory standard (BOBS 186: 2006) regulated plastics based on their thickness.  However, all these measures never yielded positive and sustainable results, said Molebatsi.

Molebatsi also decried the danger of plastic bags in people’s daily lives.  He said plastic bags are non-biodegradable hence once deposited in the soil they stay in the environment for long periods.

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