FG Bans Plastic Bags in Nigeria

The Federal Government through the House of Representatives passed a bill banning plastic bags in Nigeria. The lawmakers said that the bill is to among other things address waste management and protect the environment.

The Plastic bag prohibition bill provides for an act to prohibit the use, manufacture and importation of all plastic bags used for commercial and household packaging in order to address harmful impacts to oceans, rivers, lakes, forests, environment as well as human beings and also to relieve pressure on landfills and waste management and for other related matters.

The bill states that a retailer shall offer a paper bag to the customer at the point of sale. It describes as an offence; failure to provide customers with paper bags, manufacturing plastic bags for the purpose of selling, and importing plastic bags whether as a carryout bag or for sale. According to the bill, any person found guilty shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding 500,000NGN, or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three years, or to both such fine and imprisonment.

Yusuf Lasun, deputy speaker, however expressed concern that the bill does not provide for recycling He adds that there should be room for recycling because by this bill it is simply saying that plastic materials should not be seen. He advised that options of recycling should be open

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