Botswana to ban plastic bags

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Botswana has joined the rapidly growing list of nations and private organisations that have declared war on plastic waste. The deputy director of the Botswana Department of Waste Management and Pollution Control, Frank Molaletsi, has confirmed that plastic packets and grocery bags will be banned from 1 November 2018.This environmental initiative from the Ministry of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism stems from multiple previous attempts to manage and control the waste from plastic shopping bags. The Botswana government has tried to limit the pollution from plastic waste for several years, leading them to call for an end to plastic packets.Molaletsi explains plastic grocery bags are made from ethanol and chlorofluorocarbons which are harmful to the environment and human health. Grocery packets are not biodegradable and if they are not disposed of properly, can stay in the environment for decades.This pollution not only poses a threat to waterways and aquatic life, but domestic animals such as goats and cattle often eat the packets while grazing. This can lead to death and a loss of livelihood for many residents who depend on livestock for their survival.Molaletsi states that anyone found using or selling the plastic grocery bags after 1 November could be fined up to P5000 (~R6500) or face a 30-day prison sentence. This hard stance shows that the government of Botswana is serious about curbing plastic waste and pollution.___Averda is a leading waste management provider with over 50 years of experience across three continents. Through growth, transformation and engagement, we strive to find new ways of managing waste while protecting the community and environment. ___By pairing international expertise with local insights, we have secured our position as one of South Africa’s most respected providers of waste management and industrial cleaning services. We also operate in the recycling, pipe inspection, CCTV, infrastructure inspection, hydro-demolition, high-pressure water jetting and catalyst handling industries. ___Follow us Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn for the best tips on recycling and the latest industry news. See our Instagram and YouTube channels for more insights into environmental affairs and our work with local communities.