Saturday, January 7, 2017

Tanzania says NO to plastic bags!

In an effort to cut back on pollution, the Tanzanian government has announced that effective January 1st, 2017, plastic grocery bags will be banned across the country. I am curious to see how this plan is going to be implemented and wondering if they will be as strict as their neighbours to the north.

As you enter Kigali International Airport in Rwanda - do not be alarmed if your luggage is searched for plastic bags. Non- biodegradable polythene bags are illegal in Rwanda since 2008, they take this very seriously. 

Having recently visited Rwanda, I did notice a huge difference in plastic bag pollution between the two countries - really - it was like "night and day". During my entire trip I did not see one plastic bag and it really made a big difference in the garbage you see lying around the beautiful roads and villages.

Kudos to Tanzania for wanting to join-in on this great plan to help protect the environment. 

While this change won't really impact anyone coming on safari - if you are planning to visit the country I recommend you bring along your re-usable, recyclable bags - if you plan on doing any local shopping or to pack away your soiled clothes. 

Read more about the recent changes - Tanzania takes a big step (which is very much needed) to ban plastic bags.


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