Government Suspends Ban on Plastic Carrier Bags

The cabinet has suspended the ban on plastic bags (kaveera), no rx see an outlaw that was set by the National Environmental Management Authority( NEMA) in April this year.

According to the Minister of Information and National Guidance, healing   Maj. Gen Jim Muhwezi, the Uganda cabinet has suspended the ban on kaveera and formed a committee  that consists of ministers of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives, Water and Environment, Finance, Planning and Economic Development, and Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries as well as National Environment Management Authority (NEMA), Uganda Manufacturers’ Association and Kampala City Traders Association (KACITA) to conclude the consultation process within six months.

The ban on Kaveera which was aimed at reducing environmental degradation has not lasted long enough to achieve its goal because of the controversy among stakeholders.

According to a press Statement by Maj. Gen Jim Muhwezi, cabinet has also instructed Uganda Revenue Authority and Uganda National Bureau of Standards to  put in a lot of effort and stop the smuggling of plastics into the country

Cabinet has further asked all existing plastic manufacturers to establish plastic collection centers across the country and intensify the sensitization of the general public on plastic waste management. Plastic manufacturing industries have also been asked to code their plastic products for trace-ability of plastic waste generated by each industry.



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