Ban on Non-degradable Plastics: Timen For All-round Sensitisation!

By Godlove BAINKONG, Cameroon Tribune, 7-01-2014
All things being equal, Cameroon will beat farewell to the production of plastic bags in three months from now, precisely on April 1, 2014. A decision by the Minister of the Environment, Nature Protection and Sustainable Development puts an end to the exercise nationwide.
In fact, the Ministerial decision is just a wakeup call given that the decision to put an end to the production of plastic material and their usage in packaging food items was taken as far back as October 24, 2012.
Analysts say it was orchestrated by disturbing results of a survey undertaken by the Ministry of the Environment, Nature Protection and Sustainable Development a year earlier indicating that 58 per cent of the population in Cameroon discharge their plastic waste in the open air, notably along the streets, in gutters, farmlands, and in dustbins with untold nefarious effects to wildlife, human health and the environment.
Given the importance of the papers to national life, government’s alternative is the production of bio-degradable material from paper, wood and plant leaves. The switch obviously calls for serious preparation reason why government gave much time to industries involved in the production of plastic material to readjust and readapt their installations to the new dispensation.


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