The national program also enabled authorities to sensitize the population and business operators on management of plastic waste, the statement issued after a cabinet meeting held on Thursday in Ouagadougou indicated.
The statement added that through the program, storage facilities for plastics and recycling plants had been constructed in the country’s 13 regions.
The government had decided to implement the project to reduce the negative impact plastic bags were having on the environment and human and animal health, to promote decent green jobs, the statement continued.
A law passed in Burkina Faso on Feb. 21, 2015 bans production, importation, sale and distribution of non-biodegradable plastic bags.
Those who contravene this law risk being jailed for a period ranging from 2 to 5 years and getting a fine ranging from 2,000 to 20,000 U.S. dollars.
With this law, Burkina Faso joins other African countries such as Cote d’Ivoire, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Rwanda, Togo, Chad and Tunisia that have banned non-biodegradable plastic bags.