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Waste prevention: Tanzania bans plastic bags

Tanzania follows the example of Rwanda, Kenya and many other countries: as of today, plastic bags are banned in the East African country. Manufacturers and users of money are now threatening penalties.

plastic bags have been banned for today in Tanzania. In the East African country may be imported according to the government, no bags anymore, exported, manufactured, or used to be sold.

producers, the threat of a monetary penalty of up to one billion Tanzanian shillings (approximately 390,000 euros) or two years ' imprisonment, such as January Makamba, Secretary of state for environment in the Vice President's office, the dpa news Agency said. A user of a plastic bag could be punished accordingly, with 30,000 shillings (about twelve Euro) or two weeks in prison.

plastic, for example, for medical use, in agriculture or in the construction industry are exempt from the ban.

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