Somaliland bans use of plastic bags

“The bags have not only become an environmental problem, but also an eyesore,” he said on Tuesday from the Somaliland capital, Hargeysa.The Somaliland cabinet, he added, made the decision to ban the bags, which had been nicknamed “the Hargeysa flower”, following an assessment of the damage they caused to the environment. The ban marked the end of a 120 day grace goose outlet canada period that the government had given to the public to get canada goose outlet uk sale rid of their stocks.The bags were mostly used to carry groceries and other goods. They were often discarded and litter most streets and landscapes across Somaliland. Many of them ended up canada goose outlet toronto factory being blown around and deposited on trees or shrubs, posing a danger to canada goose outlet reviews livestock because the animals that feed on the leaves in the shrubs often ingest the bags accidentally.The Ministry of Trade and Industries announced canada goose store the decision in a decree titled: “Banning importation, production and use of plastic bags in the country”.Duale said it would be accompanied by an awareness campaign to inform the public about the canada goose outlet black friday danger of plastic bags. “We will use both the print and broadcast media canada goose outlet uk to reach as many people as possible,” he added.He said people should use reusable, environmental friendly baskets and containers, such as sacks made of straws, reeds and sisal. “These are the kind of containers that our people traditionally used” before the arrival canada goose outlet of the canada goose outlet store uk cheap canada goose plastic bags, Duale said.Duale said all canada goose outlet the country’s seaports, airports and other border points had been instructed to canada goose clearance sale enforce the ban. “We are determined as Canada Goose Online a government to enforce this ban, no matter what,” he canada goose black friday sale said.A week ago, researchers in Kenya recommended canada canada goose uk black friday goose black friday sale that thin plastic bags, widely used across the country for carrying shopping, be canada goose outlet nyc banned because they cheap canada goose uk pollute the environment and are a potential health hazard.In a report released during the 21 25 February Canada Goose Coats On Sale meeting of the Governing Council of the UN Environment Programme in Nairobi, the researchers also recommended that official canada goose outlet taxes on the manufacture of thicker plastic bags be hiked to discourage their use.Prof Wangari Maathai, the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize uk canada goose winner and the Kenyan assistant minister for environment, has linked plastic bag litter with malaria. She said, the bags, once discarded, fill with rainwater, offering ideal breeding grounds for malaria carrying mosquitoes.

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