Haitians ignore gov't ban on plastic bags

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Posted: Oct 01, 2012 11:47 AM

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haitian merchants are ignoring a government ban on the sale and general use of plastic bags and foam food containers as they sell the items on the streets of the country's capital.

Dozens of vendors openly sold the tightly rolled bags and larger bags of food containers from the markets in Port-au-Prince on Monday, when the ban took effect.

Some vendors say they will continue to peddle the goods if the government doesn't provide them with an alternative job. Others say they will sell something else if the government enforces the ban.

The ban aims to clear some of the litter that is strewn across Port-au-Prince and clogs drainage channels critical to prevent flooding.

The office of Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe announced the ban in August.