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December 3, 2006 3:00 AM

Tanzania is latest African country to ban cheap plastic bags

The fabled marketplaces of this East African island once lured traders from across the Indian Ocean with soft ivory, exotic spices and slaves. Now Zanzibar is taking a stand against a staple of modern-day commerce: the plastic bag. Last month the nation of Tanzania, which includes semi-autonomous Zanzibar, banned cheap plastic bags, becoming the latest African country to crack down on whats increasingly seen as an environmental menace.

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