16 January 2013

Rwanda: Govt Calls for Eradication of Polythene Bags

The Government of Rwanda is working to eliminate polythene bags. In a meeting with government officials heading institutions related to environment protection, Prime Minister Dr. Pierre Damien reminded participants that the environment is an important policy area.

"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" he said.

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.

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

The recommendations from the meeting are detailed below:

1. 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.

2. Public transport in Rwanda are requested to have dust bin for environment protection

3. Concerned institutions are asked to carry on making inspections in Kigali City and all over the country to monitor the implementation of this. It was also recommended that everyone caught in trade or smuggling of plastic bags will be punished by law".

4. The meeting decided that that the community work scheduled to take place on the 26th January 2013 emphasize on elimination of plastic bags in the Country.

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