Government issues new directive on plastic bags

Friday May 17 2019


By The Citizen Report

Government has issued new directives regarding manufacturers who will still be in possession of plastic bags after the June 1 deadline, saying they will have to get special clearance from the Vice President’s office to be able to sell abroad.

Speaking in Dodoma today the minister of State in the Office of the Vice President (Environment and Union) January Makamba said   those who would want to sell them will have to be escorted to the point of exit.

He said such manufactures who will still have the bags in bulk, will be required to keep them in stores until means to recycle them into other products is found.

“When you look around there is still market for plastic bags in countries such as Sudan, because it is not our intention for businesses to incur losses we shall allow them to sell outside the country under a special arrangement,” he said.

Addressing Regional commissioners earlier this week the minister said it has set aside some special incentives for the best performing Region in the eradication of plastic bags.