Opinions & Features April 22, 2019 at 06:00 pm

These African countries have banned or restricted the use of plastic bags

Nduta Waweru April 22, 2019 at 06:00 pm

April 22, 2019 at 06:00 pm | Opinions & Features

Pieces of plastic cover the beach in Capetown, South Africa. © Maleen / Marine

South Africa

South Africa banned plastic bags in 2004, and offenders would be fined of $8300 or a 10-year jail term.

However, it has been largely unsuccessful if the comments by former Environment minister Valli Moosa is anything to go by.

We need to see a far more holistic approach to tackling this. I want to challenge retailers and producers to take the lead and make explicit commitments to limit their contribution to the problem of plastic pollution.

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