A coordinated police operation in Gicumbi District has seized about 5000 pieces of plastic bags (200 cartons) that were being sold in shops.
The banned bags were seized on March 17 in an operation that targeted shops in Cyumba Sector, Inspector of Police (IP) Jean Bosco Dusabe, said.
IP Dusabe confirmed that “some arrests have been made” and will be produced in court soon.
“Fighting use and sell of plastic bags is part of the usual police campaigns and operations to further protect the environment,” Dusabe said.
According to the law, factories found using banned plastic bags are fined between Rwf100, 000 and Rwf500, 000 or owners face jail term of between two to six months.
An individual who sells the banned bags is fined between Rwf10, 000 and Rwf300, 000 while buyers are fined between Rwf5, 000 and Rwf100, 000
To enforce the law, Rwanda National Police established the Environmental Protection Unit (EPU), makes spontaneous checks at porous borders, conducts joint operation in conjunction with other institutions charged with conserving the environment.