Under new measures, anybody utilizing plastic sacks in Tanzania can be slapped with a fine, and those found assembling the things can get prison time. Preservationists are praising the move.
A ban on plastic sacks came into power in Tanzania on Saturday as a component of a push to handle pollution in the East African nation.
It pursues comparative strides by others in the district, including Kenya and Rwanda, to eliminate non-biodegradable plastics.
The boycott applies to the creation, importation, deal and utilization of all single-utilize plastic sacks. The administration has additionally cautioned sightseers to "give up" any plastic sacks before entering the nation, which is home to prominent attractions, for example, Mount Kilimanjaro and the Serengeti.
Jail time or a fine
Assembling plastic packs in Tanzania can prompt a two-year jail sentence or a fine of up to $400,000 (€357,000). Anybody discovered conveying a sack can be liable to an on-the-spot fine of $13.
The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) respected the boycott, calling plastic "a quiet enemy of our indigenous habitat."
"This is on the grounds that it takes over 100 years for a solitary plastic pack to rot," WWF Tanzania executive Amani Ngusaru said. "We are glad that Tanzania is among the not many African nations to boycott the utilization of plastic sacks."