Rabat - Morocco’s Ministry of Industry and Trade has announced it dismantled another workshop producing banned plastic bags near Casablanca.
Rabat – Morocco’s Ministry of Industry and Trade has announced it dismantled another workshop producing banned plastic bags near Casablanca.
A control commission dismantled the workshop on September 5, seizing 89 kilograms of plastic waste, 65 kilograms of crushed plastic, 167 kilograms of raw material (polyethylene), and 163 kilograms of completed plastic bags.
The workshop was located in the rural village of Douar Ouled Moumen, in Benslimane (50 kilometers from Casablanca), reported the ministry on Thursday, September 13.
Authorities closed the factory and confiscated all of its materials used to manufacture the banned plastic bags.
The announcement is in line with a recent call by the president of the prosecutor general’s office, Mohamed Abdennabaoui, for royal prosecutors and public prosecutors to accelerate the fight against the illegal manufacturing and use of plastic bags.
Authorities have repeatedly warned of the dangers plastic bags pose to the environment.
Despite the ban on plastic bag production in Morocco, some small factories have continued to produce them, two years after the adoption of Law 77-15 against plastic bags. The law made Morocco one of the first countries in Africa to impose a ban on plastic bags.
In March, authorities seized nearly 2.96 tons of banned plastic bags intended for sale in a warehouse in Tangier.
In July, a control commission closed a secret workshop manufacturing plastic bags in Douar Oulad Ben Omar, Oulad Ziane, near Casablanca.
According to a review of control and support operations published by online outlet Medias24 in July, the Ministry of Industry recorded 3,826 offenses among 682,467 inspections it carried out.
Approximately MAD 5 billion in fines was imposed in 757 judgments. More than 750 tons of plastic bags were seized in workshops and outlets, and more than 89 tons were collected at border inspection posts.