SEATTLE (Scrap Monster): The Environmental Management Agency (EMA) in Zimbabwe highlighted the major environmental threats to the country created by single-use plastic bags.
According to EMA, the non-biodegradable nature of the bags makes it a threat to the environment. It breaks into micro particles, thereby contaminating the environment. The longer resident period of these bags in the environment will increase waste accumulation in the environment. The consequences of these bags are numerous, said Amkela Sidange, spokesperson for the agency.
When ingested by animals, they can cause digestive problems, which in turn could lead to death of livestock. Also, the plastic bags clog sewage drains, thus leading to blockages and discharge of sewage into the environment. Moreover, plastics ruin fertility of the soil and cause damage to it.
Incidentally, the country is estimated to generate nearly 1.6 million tonnes of waste every year, out of which plastic accounts for almost 18%. Though the country has not imposed ban on single use plastics, there exists a ban on use of thin plastics measuring less than 30 micrometres.