The Tunisian Ministry of the Environment intends to favor biodegradable bags.
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As of now, plastic bags are banned in Tunisia. it’s on his facebook page (link in Arabic) that the Tunisian Ministry of the Environment announced its decision. From Thursday, September 1, The manufacture of certain types of plastic bags is prohibited. Tunisia intends to favor biodegradable bags. According to the authorities, the country annually consumes more than one billion plastic bags, including about 315 million distributed by large commercial brands. These figures go back to 2018. Plastic bags take approximately one to four centuries to decompose. More than 500 billion plastic bags are consumed every year on the planet.
In Tunisia, the promise of this ban goes back more than two years. The production, possession, importation and distribution of plastic bags of all kinds, obtained free of charge or for consideration at points of sale, must be prohibited as of March 2020. “The government decree of January 16, 2020 must enter into force as of March 1, 2020 for shopping centers and pharmacies, and on January 1, 2021 for all producers, importers, distributors and holders of plastic bags. But its application was suspended due to pressure from professionals in the sector”, explains realities.
According to OECD estimates, plastic production has gone from 2 million tons in 1950 to 460 million tons in 2019, generating 353 million tons of waste, of which less than 10% is currently recycled and 22% is abandoned in wild landfills, open burning or being dumped into the environment. In Africa, 4.4 million tons of plastic end up in the seas and oceans every year, according to the UN.
Africa is a good student in the fight against plastic. Many countries ban single-use bags. Award to the best student of Rwanda, which prohibited its use more than 18 years ago.