Botswana plastic carrier bag users face jail

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    By Web Master

    The government of Botswana will by November this year effect a law that would see people found using plastic carrier bags fined 5,000 pula or jailed for about 30 days.

     

    The deputy director of the Department of Waste Management and Pollution Control (DWMPC) in Francistown, Frank Molaletsi has said the banning of plastic carrier bags  will come into effect on November 1.

     

    Molebatsi explained that the decision was made following several attempts in the past to manage and control pollution of plastic carrier bags in the environment.

     

    Speaking during stakeholder consultation meetings recently, Molebatsi explained that plastics were made of Ethanol and Chlorofloro Carbons which were toxic to the environment and the human health.

     

    He further said animals, especially cattle often fed on plastic carrier bags leading to their death.

     

    Molebatsi further explained that those found using plastic bags would be  fined  money not exceeding P5 000 and imprisonment not exceeding 30 days./BOPA

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