Africa is the world leader in banning single-use plastic bags with, at last count, 34 countries on the continent having put a ban on this latest environmental villain.
Tanzania, for example, is now forcing tourists to leave bags at the airport when they arrive. Some African countries insist foreign visitors must leave with any Ziploc bags that they bring to their country. Kenya is rated to have the world’s strictest laws on the use of plastic with violators facing fines of $ 38,000 or four years in prison. Rwanda is aiming to be the world’s first plastic-free nation and its policies are one reason Kigali was designated Africa’s cleanest city by the United Nations.
A UN environmental study concluded that plastic bag bags were having a positive impact, notably in reducing toxin pollution caused by burning plastic waste, and that such bans were proving especially effective in Africa.
Africa is leading the world in plastic bag bans
Plastic bag bans can help reduce toxic fumes
May 30, 2019