Ivory Coast to ban plastics production

Authorities in the Ivory Coast have decided to follow in the footsteps of Rwanda and Mauritania by banning the production, use and commercialisation of plastic material. The ban will come in by the end of the year, and was decided upon after huge pile-ups of plastic materials in waste areas.
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A man collects plastic bags bound for recycling in Yopougon, a suburb of Abidjan, on September 2, 2013. Following in the footsteps of Rwanda and Mauritania, authorities in the Ivory Coast have decided to ban the production, use and commercialization of plastic bags by the end of this year. (AFP/Getty Images)
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People collect plastic bags bound for recycling in Yopougon, a suburb of Abidjan, on September 2, 2013. Following in the footsteps of Rwanda and Mauritania, authorities in the Ivory Coast have decided to ban the production, use and commercialization of plastic bags by the end of this year. (AFP/Getty Images)
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A picture shows plastic bottles and other plastic material in a gutter leading to a lagoon in Abidjan on September 2, 2013. Following in the footsteps of Rwanda and Mauritania, authorities in the Ivory Coast have decided to ban the production, use and commercialization of plastic material by the end of this year. (AFP/Getty Images)
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A picture shows plastic bottles and other plastic material in a gutter leading to a lagoon in Abidjan on September 2, 2013. Following in the footsteps of Rwanda and Mauritania, authorities in the Ivory Coast have decided to ban the production, use and commercialization of plastic material by the end of this year. (AFP/Getty Images)
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A man lies on plastic bags bound for recycling in Yopougon, a suburb of Abidjan, on September 2, 2013. Following in the footsteps of Rwanda and Mauritania, authorities in the Ivory Coast have decided to ban the production, use and commercialization of plastic bags by the end of this year. (AFP/Getty Images)
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A woman cleans plastic bags bound for recycling in Yopougon, a suburb of Abidjan, on September 2, 2013. Following in the footsteps of Rwanda and Mauritania, authorities in the Ivory Coast have decided to ban the production, use and commercialization of plastic bags by the end of this year. (AFP/Getty Images)
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A youth walks past plastic bags before collecting them for recycling in Yopougon, a suburb of Abidjan, on September 2, 2013. Following in the footsteps of Rwanda and Mauritania, authorities in the Ivory Coast have decided to ban the production, use and commercialization of plastic bags by the end of this year. (AFP/Getty Images)
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People collect plastic bags in order to recycle them in Yopougon, a suburb of Abidjan, on September 2, 2013. Following in the footsteps of Rwanda and Mauritania, authorities in the Ivory Coast have decided to ban the production, use and commercialization of plastic bags by the end of this year. (AFP/Getty Images)