Making the case for banning single use plastics in Malawi

Making the case for banning single use plastics in Malawi
UNDP
Malawi

In 2015, Malawi became one of Africa’s first countries to impose a ban on plastic bags, following global concerns around the environmental damages caused by single-use plastics and joining a surge of policy instruments to deal with the issue in Africa.  However, this led to a backlash from the business community, who argued in court that the ban would lead to economic costs and job losses, following which Malawi stopped implementing the regulations in accordance with a court order.  Meanwhile, the Malawian government has signed and committed to the new United Nations Environment Assembly resolution on addressing single-use plastic products pollution. The country is now reconsidering its policies on plastics.   Anchor collaborated with the Lilongwe Wildlife Trust to prepare a report for the UNDP in Malawi.