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[GreenYes] [GAIA]Zanzibar bans plastic bags

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>From: pcostner@no.address
>To: gaia-members@no.address
>Subject: [GAIA]Zanzibar bans plastic bags
>Date: Wed, 08 Nov 2006 10:01:48 -0600
>Zanzibar Bans Plastic Bags
>ZANZIBAR: November 8, 2006
>ZANZIBAR - Zanzibar has banned the import and production of plastic bags to
>protect its environment and tourism industry.
>Just off the coast of Tanzania in the Indian Ocean, Zanzibar is on a
>major route for
>plastic bags heading for the east African mainland. It estimates more than 200
>tonnes of bags pass through its port every month.
>"We have to put the environment above everything," Zanzibar's Director of
>Environment Ali Juma said. "Besides being an eyesore, plastic bags
>are very damaging to land and marine life and we are already
>threatened by the rapid pace of development."
>Tourism is the backbone of the island's economy. Zanzibar has major problems
>managing sewage and rubbish. Less than 10 percent of sewage is
>treated and it can
>get rid of only about a third of the 200 tonnes of rubbish produced daily.
>"While it is environmentally sound to ban the plastic bags, the
>government is going
>to lose US$400,000 per month as revenue for bags on transit and
>destined for the
>local market," said businessman Salim Turky.
>Pat Costner
>P.O. Box 548
>Eureka Springs, Arkansas 72632
>Ph: 1.479.253.8440
>Fx: 1.479.253.5899

Gary Liss
Fax: 916-652-0485

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