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Rwanda moves to ban single-use plastics

Written by: George Kalisa
Monday, February 4th, 2019, 11:04
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Rwanda’s Environment Minister, Dr. Vincent Biruta has Monday said that the draft law prohibiting the use, manufacture and selling of single-use plastics has been completed and ready for reviewing and adoption by the Parliament. The minister said the dealers will be given a period of grace.     

 

“The next step is to send the draft law to the Parliament for review and adoption. Can’t be sure the number of days this will take,” Dr. Vincent Biruta told this reporter today in a telephone interview.

 

  “Upon adoption, all types of user, manufacturers and dealers will have to abide by the requirements of the law. Certainly a transition period will be provided for the users to comply with the requirements of the law,” added Biruta. 

 

According to the draft law the manufacture, use alongside importation of plastic materials such as drinking straws and several kinds of disposable plastic containers of various sizes will be prohibited.

 

In 2008 Rwanda banned the manufacturing, importation, use and sale of plastic bags. Since then the east African nation has been enjoying international reputation in environment conservation.

 

The minister said the government will strengthen the process of recycling of plastics, adding that the single-use plastics were a challenge to Rwanda’s stance to improve people's livelihoods through a clean and safe environment.  

 

Rwanda is one of a few African countries that boast of a success story in implementing the ban on plastic bags with stringent checking at the airport and all border points.

 

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