NEW PLASTIC BAG MANFACTURERS IN TANZANIA MUST ALSO INSTALL RECYCLING FACILITIES, GOVT DECIDES

MOROGORO, New plastic bag manufacturing factories in Tanzania will also have to install recycling facilities as the government moves to curb environmental degradation, the National Environment Management Council (NEMC) has announced.

The NEMC Co-ordinator for the Eastern Zone, Jaffar Chimgege, said over the weekend that Tanzania faced a serious challenge from the littering of the environment by plastic materials and solid waste. "They both pose a serious threat to the environment.

He made the revelation shortly before he welcomed Morogoro Regional Commissioner Stephen Kebwe to officiate at a two-day workshop here for environment and health officials on enforcement of the Environment Act. The officials were drawn from local government authorities in Tanga, Coast and Morogoro regions (provinces).

Chimgege said various measures, including compelling manufacturers to produce plastic materials of approved specifications, were being undertaken to address the environmental pollution situation.

He cited the recent total ban on production of plastic sachets hitherto used to pack alcoholic drinks, saying new manufacturers of plastic materials would be required to install recycling facilities. The aim is to curb environment pollution through reduction of indiscriminately discarded litters of plastic materials on land and water bodies, he stressed.

NEMC's Chief Environment Officer, Glory Kombe, urged members of the public, particularly urban dwellers, to reduce the use of plastic bags when shopping.

In rural areas, people re-use one plastic bag several times, they wash and reuse them ... this has checked the scattering of plastic materials in villages. We should consider other materials like baskets as well, she advised.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK