By Nelson Manneh
It was announced that the Government of the Gambia will be banning
plastic bags effective July 1, 2015.
Yesterday 1 July, 2015, this reporter visited the Serrekunda andLatrikunda markets respectively to find out if the said plastic bags
are available in the market or totally banned. This reporter went
round the two markets but could not see any paper bags and that
plastic bags were available but in little quantity.
Speaking to one Fatoumatta Fofana, who sells charcoal at the entrance
of the Serrekunda market, she said not all their customers can
afford to buy a bag of charcoal so some usually buy in cups which are
normally put in plastic bags. “If this plastic bags are banned it will
really affect us as we cannot ask our customers to bring their own
containers for us to put the charcoal they buy from us and this is the
only trade for us to do in order to get money to feed ourselves and our
families,’’ Mrs. Fofana explained.
She noted that since it is a law, they will try to comply with it as
they have no power to do otherwise.
Aminata Manneh, a customer who was met buying moist sugar in one of
the shops at the Latrikunda market, told Foroyaa that it will not be
easy for both the sellers and the customers. He said the authorities
should have also considered providing an alternative to the banned
Momodou Barry, another shop keeper who sells plastic bags in his shop,
said he went to the market yesterday to buy more plastic bags but
could not get any and was told that they have stopped selling them
now. He also said that the ban will be affecting their business.
As for the use of paper bags, Barry said he has not yet seen any paper
bag in the market.
This reporter will continue to monitor whether the paper bags are
available as well as the use of plastic bags.
By Nelson Manneh