Gambia’s law cracking down on the sale and use of plastic ban will be enforced, the country’s environment minister, Lamin Dibba told parliament.
“The plastic ban is still in place and remains the law. It will remain the law unless otherwise changed or amended and it will be enforced,” Dibba said.
The ban on the sale and use of plastic bags remain controversial and some say it gas gone too far following several arrests last year.
Gambia is learning from mistakes from other nations and would be revising laws surrounding the ban.
Plastic, according to officials, does not biodegrade, but rather breaks into many micro-plastic particles.
It had also affected the country’s suffering marine lives, conservationists say.
Such particles negatively impact the environment in many ways, including introducing toxins to the food chain, harming marine wildlife, and altering ecosystems.
Micro-plastic particles from plastic bags also pose threats to human health and to the local economy by exposing our food sources to synthetic materials and toxins.
It is estimated that there are more than 5.25 trillion particles of plastic spread throughout the oceans of the world, resulting in a plastic “smog,” according to a study by the 5 Gyres Institute, which was founded to combat plastic pollution.
A study completed by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation predicts that unless action is taken, by 2050 there will be more plastic by weight than fish in our oceans.
(Photo: Climate Heroes/Max Richie; State of Mic/Alhagie Manka)