Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Tanzania - businessmen jailed for selling plastic bags

Resource Recycling reports that eight businessmen in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania were arrested and convicted to three-month jail sentences for selling plastic bags in the East African country, where bags thinner than 0.03-millimeters thick are outlawed.

The country's National Environmental Management Council's (Dar es Salaam, Tanzania) deputy managing director, Bonaventure Baya, said that the sting was ''strategically designed to spot dishonest businesspeople and industries manufacturing the plastic bags in contravention of the government ban.'' Baya further appealed to the public to end the manufacture, circulation and use of the bags.

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