(Xinhua) -- The government of Botswana Tuesday
revealed its plans to ban plastic carrier and flat bags in the
next 30 to 60 days.
The ban follows several failed
attempts to manage or control the menace caused by plastic
carrier bags in the environment, said Tshekedi Khama, Minister
of Environment, Natural Resources and Conservation and Tourism,
during a press briefing in Gaborone, capital of Botswana.
Efforts used to be made through
various strategies such as public education and awareness on the
plastic’s proper use like recycling and minimization of its use.
The country also used to develop a
system that regulated the thickness of the carrier bags and
prohibited thinner ones from use in the country.
These measures however did not yield
any positive and sustainable results to curb the proliferation
of plastic bags in the environment, hence the ban.
In its pending transition, Botswana is
inspired by countries like China and the United Kingdom that
have banned plastics in some cities in their countries.
In Africa, Botswana will be following
the footsteps of Rwanda and Kenya that have already banned
Botswana has four plastic producers
that will be affected by the ban, but the ministry is adamant
that more jobs will be created by this move.