Mauritius: Govt bans plastic bags

Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The Mauritian government has banned the use of plastic bags with effect from 1 Jan. 2016.

Mauritian Environment Minister Raj Dayal announced the ban in Parliament Tuesday night, saying his ministry is already working on the modalities, including awareness raising as well as promulgation of regulations, for the ban on the local manufacture, import, trade and use of plastic bags under the Environment Protection Act.

However, he indicated that some exemptions would be made for plastics used for packaging purposes.

On the alternatives to plastic bags, the Minister said current alternatives produced and sold on the market include jute bags, bags made of cotton, linen, polyester and jeans, and bags made of recycled cloth/paper and leather.

The Minister said the use of plastic bags has continued to increase over the past decade, amounting to some 300 million units annually.

The situation worsened after the liberalisation of import of plastic bags in 2013.
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08 april 2015 09:43:55

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