“Tomorrow we shall conduct a street-to-street search of illegal producers of carrier bags that do not meet TBS standards.
Indeed it has come to our knowledge that some foreign traders have ignored the ban and are producing banned carriers against the Environmental Management Act 2004 and its regulations. Violators of the ban will be arrested and the law will take its course on culprits,” he warned.
Dr Gwamaka said the law is very clear on the ban from producers to the end users of the carriers, explaining that producers and importers of the banned carriers will be fined ten million/-. He emphasised that every prospective producer of plastic carriers must get approval of the TBS without fail.
The DG explained that all legal plastic bags carry TBS labels, adding that the council has spotted bags without TBS labels that are in circulation.
“The council will take action against illegal producers of carriers that have not been approved by the TBS irrespective of their race, religion and their country of origin,” he emphasised.
The countrywide search of law breakers starts with Dar es Salaam Region and will progressively cover other parts of the country, he said.
Dr Gwamaka said NEMC was thankful to Tanzanians for observing the ban. “We thank Tanzanians for voluntary compliance of the law. The ban has been effectively abided to without having the government to use force,” he said.
The ban of plastic carriers became effective on the first day of this month.