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Tanzania introduces ban on single-use plastic bags

Along with many other countries in the world, Tanzania has now committed to make a stand against the impact of plastic waste on the environment. As a long-time supporter of the Travellers Against Plastic and Leave No Trace campaigns, Kandoo is delighted to hear that the Tanzanian government is making this commitment to limit the amount of plastic that is being used, and too often discarded.

The government is introducing a ban on single-use plastic bags which will come into effect on 1st June 2019. This ban extends to all tourists and will include plastic bags that are contained within your luggage. A 'single-use' plastic bag is defined as the type of plastic it is made from, and does not reflect on how many times you as an individual may re-use the bag. Therefore, items such as heavy duty plastic bags, which you may intend to use many times for packing items in your luggage, will also be included in the ban.

Special desks will be introduced at all airports where travellers will be asked to surrender any plastic bags they may have in their luggage. We would advise you to plan in advance and not take any plastic bags into Tanzania, so you are not left struggling to find a suitable alternative locally.

How can I help protect the environment?

Zip-lock bags have traditionally been a firm favourite when packing for camping trips, as they make it far easier to organise small items within a duffle bag. Nothing worse that scrabbling around in your bag trying to find your head torch in the dark! Plastic bags also had the added advantage of providing additional waterproofing for your kit.

The solution is to include a re-usable alternative in your packing. Fabric packing cubes will help to organise your kit, allowing you to bring order to your duffle bag. In particular, a bag that allows you to segregate dirty clothes from clean is a great idea.

Rain showers are always to be expected on a mountain the size of Kilimanjaro, so it is always wise to take precautions to ensure your kit stays dry. Our porters will protect your main bag in a canvas portering bag while they are carrying it, but we cannot guarantee that it would remain completely dry should the porter be caught in a downpour. If your duffle bag is not waterproof, then we do recommend that you protect your kit using drybags. If you use a selection of smaller drybags, then these will also solve your organisation problems.

How about the plastic bags for liquids in hand luggage?

The Tanzanian government has confirmed that the zip-lock bags used to carry toiletries in hand luggage will be permitted, as it is assumed that they will be re-used for the return flight and not disposed of in Tanzania.

However, as the purpose of the ban is to limit the use of single-use plastic bags, then we would recommend that you consider a more permanent solution to carrying liquids in the cabin. There are plenty of options for clear plastic cosmetic bags - many sets of travel bottles come with a clear bag which is suitable to take on the plane. The important thing to remember is to check the size, as most airports will limit the size of the bag to 20cm x 20cm.

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