Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The Malian government will ban the production, importation, possession, sale and use of non-biodegradable plastic bags, under a law passed in 2012, PANA reported from here Friday.
The exercise is aimed at putting an end to the harmful effects of plastic bags on the environment, PANA learnt from official sources.
The law, expected to come into force 1 January, prohibits, in addition to non-biodegradable plastic bags, imported non-biodegradable granules for the manufacture of the bags.
Plastic bags are not biodegradable. They clog waterways, spoil the landscape, and end up in landfills where they may take 1,000 years or more to break down into ever smaller particles that continue to pollute the soil and water.
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