Cameroon: Some 215 tons of non-biodegradable plastic bags seized in Cameroon

Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) - About 215.39 tons of non-biodegradable plastic bags have been seized in Cameroon in the past two months following a ban on the production and sale of the product, according to the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Sustainable Development.

During the evaluation meeting on Wednesday, Cameroonian Minister of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Sustainable Development, Pierre Hélé, said that 145 tons were seized in the Littoral region and 52 tons in the Central Region.

"Overall, this is a satisfactory job because for an annual production of 600,000 tons, the plastics seized represent 30 per cent. We will continue to deplore a rise in the sale of plastics on the market," said.

The Minister said in order to address the proliferation of non-compliant packages, which were smuggled into the country, and to effectively implement the ban, there was the need to redouble efforts at the borders and customs.

Domestic manufacturers of plastic packaging who have developed strategies to distribute their stocks should also be sued, he said, adding that the authorities would not relent in ensuring that the item is removed from the market.
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10 july 2014 18:19:54

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