UNEP Says Africa Made Some Progress in Ending Single-Use Plastics

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The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) on Monday said the African continent is making progress in reducing use of single-use plastics.

Habib El-Habr, coordinator of Global Program of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities at the UNEP, told Xinhua in Nairobi that the continent is using a mix of measures to reduce consumption of single-use plastics. “Efforts that African governments are using to reduce use of single-use plastics should be emulated and replicated across the world,” El-Habr said during the fourth session of the UN Environment Assembly.

Kenya, Rwanda and Cape Verde are some of the countries that have banned or put restrictions on use or manufacture of single-use plastics, he said. El-Habr some countries are using taxation on plastics to discourage use of such material while others use voluntary schemes to eliminate use of single-use plastics. UNEP is conducting a capacity-building program in the continent to sensitize the youth on the dangers of using single-use plastics.

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