So far, Eritrea, Rwanda, Mauritania and Mali have instituted strict bans on the import of plastic bags.
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Malawi banned the importation, production and use of thin plastic bags in 2014. An initial ban was initiated in 2012 however, the Plastic Manufacturers Association of Malawi (PMAM) obtained a court order which ceased the ban.
Government officials also barred plastic carrying bags, alcohol sachets and plastic papers with a thickness of fewer than 60 microns.