Authoritarian Governments Jail Plastic Bag Users; Environmentalists Cheer

Tanzania follows in the footsteps of Rwanda and Kenya.

CHRISTIAN BRITSCHGI | 6.3.2019 Reason

Tanzania has become the latest East African country to crack down on plastic bags. A new law there threatens to fine and jail people who make or use the items.

Those caught carrying a plastic bag can be hit with a $13 fine, according to German news site Deutsche Welle. Manufacturing them can be punished by a $400,000 fine and up to two years in jail.

Those are pretty steep penalties in a country where some 70 percent of people live on less than $2 a day.

Some environmentalists are nevertheless pleased.

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