Mauritius: Ban on plastic bags in Mauritius takes effect from 1 Jan. 2016

Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The use of plastic bags will be banned in Mauritius as from Friday, 1 January, 2016, PANA learnt Thursday from sources close to the Environment and Sustainable Development Ministry in the Mauritian capital.

One official at the Ministry indicated that the population uses some 300 million plastic bags annually and the decision to ban its use is in line with the government’s policy to make Mauritius a sustainable island.

However, he added, some types of plastic used in packaging and for hygienic and sanitary conditions will be exempted.

According to him, several alternatives to plastic bags exist on the local market such as bags made out of jute, cloth and recycled cloth, leather and others.

"The importation, production and sale of plastics bags will be banned in the island as from 1st January 2016, and anybody found guilty of not abiding by the regulations shall commit an offence and fined not more than 10,000 Mauritian rupees (about 275 euros)," the sources indicated.

Besides, the government has this week rejected a demand from plastic bags manufacturers asking for a six-month moratorium in the application of the new regulations as they are concerned with the fate of some 280 employees.

"We want to ban the use of plastic bags as early as possible," Environment Minister Raj Dayal said.
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31 december 2015 14:29:05

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