Plastic Ban Does Little to Ease Litter in Malawi

Malawi banned the use of thin plastics in 2012. However, the ban was suspended after the Plastic Manufacturers Association of Malawi obtained a court order negating it, saying the ban posed a danger to their businesses. Although the Supreme Court of Appeal upheld the ban in July this year, communities living along Lake Malawi still complain of plastics flooding the lake. Ripple Africa has introduced an initiative that mobilizes communities to pick up the bags in and around the lake. 


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