On Monday, the Ministry of Local and Environmental Affairs of Tunisia announced the issuance of Order No. 32 of 2020 “Regulating the types of plastic bags that are prohibited in their production, supply, distribution and possession in the internal market.”
The Tunisian authorities will prohibit the use of “items of single-use shopping bags, detachable bags, bags with a high concentration of heavy metals and anonymous plastic bags” According to the ministry.
The decision will go into effect from 1 March 2020 for commercial establishments and pharmacies, and from January 1, 2021 for plastic bag suppliers and producers.
An integrated communication program will be prepared for industrialists to urge them to rehabilitate their production systems in line with the new decision, and the requirements of the decision will be introduced in later stages.
A war on plastic bags in the world:
Most countries of the world are fighting “one-use” bags which are very thin and disposable bags, which are made of polymer known as “high-density polyethylene”, which creates a very strong material, which makes these bags carry very heavy weights without tearing, The main problem with these bags is that they are not recycled and delivered free of charge at points of sale and indefinitely, according to the “New Arabs” website.
And many countries have made specialized innovations in this field, with the aim of reducing environmental pollution resulting from the phenomenon of bags spread in the natural environment.
Arab countries that banned plastic bags:
In 2012 the UAE issued a decision banning plastic bags except for biodegradable, but its application to date is limited to a few and limited stores, and it has done the decision to impose fees on them to reduce production in 2013.
Jordan took a similar step, banning the production and consumption of plastic grocery bags while giving traders time to spend their production, in exchange for converting to biodegradable bags within 18 months, but the implementation of the matter was very difficult, especially with the closure of a large number of factories that cause income for many families.
The Kuwait Environmental Plan for 2020 included the completion of its plan that it started in 2014 to be a country without plastics.
In Egypt, the Bahri al-Ahmar Governorate, on April 2 of last year, announced its intention to impose a one-time ban on plastic in an effort to combat pollution.
For its part, Saudi Arabia announced banning the use of plastic bags in bakeries in 2013, and prevented 4 government agencies from importing plastic in 2017.
Morocco, which is one of the countries that most consume plastic bags, has adopted a policy of preventing the use of plastic in bags with all its uses from importing, distributing and manufacturing.
And remains the first topic related to the widespread use of plastic bags, the subject of awareness of the importance of the problem and seriousness in the application of solutions.
Studies show that the United States is the first consumer of plastic bags, and the state of “San Francisco” has banned the use of bags since 2014 and water bottles have been banned.