Mauritius: Govt. intensifies enforcement action against use of plastic bags

Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The Mauritian Environment Ministry has intensified its aggressive enforcement actions against people who are not abiding by the Banning of Plastics Bags Regulations, PANA learnt Friday from official sources.

These regulations strictly ban the import, manufacture, sale, or supply of plastic bags including non-woven polypropylene bags, designed to carry goods purchased at a point of sale.

A source at the Environment Ministry said it had been observed that though hypermarkets and supermarkets were abiding by the banned plastic bags regulations and compostable roll on plastic bags are being widely used, sellers at the level of markets were still using banned plastic bags.

He indicated that the Environment Protection (Banning of Plastics Bags) Regulations 2015 came into force on 1st January.

Between February and November, 67 importers of plastic bags were fined and the 451,654 banned plastic bags seized.

As from May 2016, the number of banned plastic bags recycled locally amounted to 116,239 and as from June 2016, 51 traders were served contraventions for using banned plastic bags.
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09 december 2016 08:15:18




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