Morocco’s new ban on plastic bags has led to a nationwide scramble to stock up, especially among street sellers and shop owners.
As reported by Morocco World News, street sellers and shop owners started to stock-up on plastic bags last week, ahead of the recent legislation that currently bans the importing, selling, and production of plastic bags in the kingdom.
Morocco is currently the second largest plastic bag consumer after the United States, according to data compiled by the Moroccan industry ministry.
The significance of Morocco’s large consumption of plastic bags is due to the fact that it’s much smaller in size than the United States, or any of the other countries that follow behind it on the list of the largest plastic bag consumers in the world.
As for the new ban, it’s been in the works for several years. The Moroccan Parliament urged a ban on black plastic bags to reduce the amount of litter on Morocco’s streets and beaches in 2009. But the ban in 2009 was only partially successful because authorities weren’t fully able to curtail the production of plastic bags.
According to Al Jazeera, Morocco ranks among one of the greenest countries in the world, alongside Ethiopia, Costa Rica, and Bhutan, which may be due to the kingdom’s crackdown on carbon emissions, along with its ambition to be more environmentally conscious.
Al Jazeera also noted that the bill, which became law on July 1, is part of a larger environmentally conscious effort across the North African country to go green.
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