Gabon to ban plastic bags, introduces biodegradable bags

Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- The Gabonese government will ban, effective from July, the use of plastic bags which will be replaced by biodegradable bags and others that can be easily composted , official sources told PANA here.
Biodegradable bags are made of polymers that degrade, or decompose, when exposed to air, water or sunlight.
The association, H2O Gabon, at the forefront of the fight for the protection of the environment, especially in the region of Ogoou?©, is the brain behind the ban.
The president of the association, Henri Auguste, told PANA that the organization had, for many years, been interested in the fight against pollution posed by plastic bags which are made from hydrocarbons.
He said the association favoured the introduction of biodegradable bags and bags that could be composted -- a mixture of various decaying organic substances, as dead leaves or manure, used for fertilizing soil.
He called for a comprehensive programme aimed at sensitization young Gabonese to get used to biodegradable bags.
Gabon will be one of the countries in the world to enforce the use of biodegradable bags.

13 march 2010 16:09:00




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