Morocco says no to plastic bags - again

Last Modified: Sat Nov 26 2016 07:49:21 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 26 billion
    plastic bags were used in Morocco in 2015. That means, on average, that each one of Morocco’s 34 million people uses about 900 bags a year, making the world's second largest consumer of plastic bags after the US (380 billion).
  • 01 Jul 2016
    Ban on the nationwide production, import, sale and distribution of plastic bags came into effect.
  • 2009
    earlier ban on the production and use of black plastic bags, were only partially successful, as authorities struggled to curtail informal production of the bags.
  • 2011
    a bill on the use of degradable and biodegradable plastic bags was passed but was not welcomed by the manufacturers who argued that changing their manufacturing process would require huge investments.
  • Jul 2013
    Moroccan Ministry of Energy, Mines, Water and Environment launched an $8.2 million program to fight plastic bags by producing and distributing 3 million cloth bags in 26 pilot cities. Sadly few have been seen since.