Still using scandal bags? You could be fined

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plastic-bags.jpgSome persons are ignoring the plastic bag ban implemented by the government three months ago, which seeks to eliminate the use of single use plastic bags. This is supposedly an environmentally friendly move, but, the truth is that most persons were just not prepared for it.

As the ban takes effect, some retainers are crying for loss of sale, as persons who come to purchase food items either buy less or not at all.

The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) is warning that the time for allowances has expired and is not taking any excuses, they are out to prosecute those offenders.

Chief executive officer of NEPA Peter Knight emphasises that people and entities which continue to use the banned bags are in breach of the Trade Act and the Natural Resources and Conservation Authority (NRCA) Act.

The ban prohibits the importation, manufacture and distribution of all single-use plastic carrier bags of 24 inches by 24 inches and below. This includes bags commonly called scandal bags, mainly used in the retail and wholesale sectors.

The ban also extends to plastic drinking straws and expanded polystyrene foam, commonly referred to as Styrofoam™.

Knight says NEPA will have to determine the source of the plastic bags which are still in use by some vendors and retailers. "The vendors I don't think are importers of plastic bags, so is there an illegal operation going on where bags are getting to vendors, and that we will have to investigate," he stated.

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