Botswana: Botswana mulls plastic shopping bags ban

Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – Botswana has set aside plans to introduce an environmental levy on plastic shopping bags, while the debate on banning them continue.

Tshekedi Khama, Environment, Wildlife and Tourism minister, on Wednesday announced in Parliament that the plan had been bungled following consultations with Botswana Unified Revenue Service (BURS) and the Ministry of Investment, Trade and Industry (MITI).

He said government was advised it would be complex to administer the plastic levy. “There is therefore no plan to introduce the plastic levy,” Khama said.

He, however, said the National Strategy Office (NSO) had requested for further consultations on the issue.

“It is our hope that a worthwhile solution will emerge from the consultations, failing which my ministry will press ahead with the ban,” said Khama.

Plastic bags are an environmental menace with their disposal being a huge cause for worry for governments in many developing countries.

Plastic bags end up in drains, streets and in the open causing rubbish, choking drains and flooding when it rains. They also affect the habitat of animals and marine creatures.

Environmentalists say even when disposed of properly, they take many years to decompose and break down.
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06 july 2016 10:24:55

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