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Fellow Champions Tanzania's Fight Against Plastic Waste

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2013 Fellow and Tanzania's Environment Minister January Makamba, is championing plans to ban the production, importation, sale and use of all single-use plastic bags in Tanzania by July 2019, to help tackle pollution from non-biodegradable waste.

The East African nation is the latest country to make a formal commitment to phase out single-use non-biodegradable plastics, which have been identified by the United Nations as one of the world's biggest environmental challenges. Of the 9 billion tonnes of plastic the world has produced, only 9 percent has been recycled, according to U.N. estimates.

In August 2017, neighbouring Kenya introduced one of the world's toughest bans on plastic bags mandating four years in prison or a fine of $40,000 for even using one.Tanzania will join more than 60 other countries that have banned, partly banned or taxed single-use plastic bags, including China, France, Kenya, Rwanda and Italy. 

In a Reuters report in April 2019, Makamba said that a formal announcement on a ban on single use plastic bags would be made later that month. He also said that Tanzanians should not look at this as an inconvenience. Instead, he said when addressing Dar es Salaam government functionaries in the city, that the implementation of the ban was based on regulations dating back to 2004 under the Environment Management Act. He said that the ban would lead to many jobs being created locally to create products to replace the bags.

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