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Haiti carries out first plastic bag raid

August 14, 2013

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The Haitian government says it has carried out a first-of-its-kind raid to enforce the country’s new ban on plastic bags and foam fast-food containers.

A statement from the Prime Minister’s office says authorities confiscated bags and containers at warehouses at three locations in the capital of Port-au-Prince.

Environmental ministry official Tacite Toussaint told The Associated Press on Wednesday that similar operations are planned throughout the country and at the border with the Dominican Republic.

Plastic bags and foam containers are a huge problem in Haiti, not just as a source of litter but because they clog the storm drainage channels and in the flood-prone country. The government imposed the ban in October but it’s been widely ignored. Toussaint said no fines were issued during Tuesday’s raid, only warnings.

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