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Rwanda : Government resolves on elimination of polythene bags

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The Government of Rwanda is working to eliminate polythene bags as a means of emphasizing the government’s policy to protect the environment.

The Government of Rwanda is working to eliminate polythene bags as a means of emphasizing the government’s policy to protect the environment.

This program will begin during the community work scheduled to take place on the 26th January 2013- that will emphasize on elimination of plastic bags in the country.

In a meeting with government officials heading institutions related to environment protection, Prime Minister Dr. Pierre Damien Habumuremyi reminded government organs that environmental policies are an important part of the attaining the country’s development plans.

“The vision of our country is to maintain a clean, healthy and wealthy environment and banning the use of non biodegradable plastic bags is a key component of this policy” the prime minister said.

The Prime Minister also called on concerned institutions to work quickly on the investment procedures for promoting bio-degradable plastic bags.

Rwanda’s strong political will coupled with community participation in environmental management has put Rwanda on a steady path to sustainable development. However, there is a need to speed up the polythene bags eradication.

In order to maintain and promote the environment protection culture, local authorities are asked to install dust bins, especially in towns and in public buses.

In order to implement this resolve, the meeting resolved that Petrol Stations in Rwanda are requested to have facilities like shops and latrine and to speed up a project of putting up “rest stations” on the main roads connecting provinces and Kigali City, public transport operations are requested to have dust bin for environment protection

Other recommendations included the concerned institutions carrying out inspections in Kigali City and all over the country to monitor the implementation of this programs and everyone caught in trade or smuggling of plastic bags will be punished by law.

 

 

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