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Mauritius: Some thirty traders from Rodrigues Island begin legal action in the Supreme Court against the ban on plastic bags

Some 30 traders and owners of shops in Rodrigues Island recently began legal action in the Supreme Court of Mauritius to challenge the Act prohibiting the use of plastic bags in their businesses and themselves discriminated against their Mauritian counterparts.
Traders particularly criticise the fact of having no incentive in return to implementing alternative solutions such as biodegradable bags.
As a reminder, the Regional Assembly of Rodrigues Island, autonomous territorial dependency of Mauritius, had voted last March a law to ban plastic bags used by traders and food stores.
 This Act shall come into effect tomorrow Thursday, June 5, 2014, in the wake of the international day for the environment.
 Thus, traders are exposed to a lump sum fine of up to 10,000 rupees (243 euros) after several verbalizations, as reported in the Le Défi Quotidien newspaper.

Fabrice François

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