Reuters Business Report - Collecting plastic bags from rubbish dumps provides Ouatarra Nourdine with a little extra cash.
It's a perk of his job as a refuse collector in Abidjan.
OUATTARA NOURDINE, GARBAGE COLLECTOR:
Ouattara's enterprise is about to end.
A ban on the production and commercial use of plastic bags is being introduced.
The country's Prime Minister is Daniel Duncan.
DANIEL KABLAN DUNCAN, IVORY COAST PRIME MINISTER:
"As you have all noticed,
"Plastic bags have become a major problem in Abidjan. They are littered all over the streets, they clog the drainage systems, causing flooding. We need to find a way to stop this pollution, because plastic does not disappear within a year or two - it takes centuries."
The new law is bad news for many manufacturers who rely on plastics for packaging.
Hassan Cisse runs a company that sells water in plastic bags.
HASSAN CISSE, HEAD OF AQUA-IVOIRE FACTORY:
"We're having to deal with a decision that came out of nowhere, a decision that's shocked us and will have repercussions across the sector. And I'm not sure it will change anything on an environmental level"
The government wants firms to use bio-degradeable alternatives.
It says the ban won't apply to all plastics - and is mainly aimed at bags for carrying water and shopping.
Environmentalists largely welcome the move but some have reservations.
"It's true plastic bags are a major source of pollution, but is the solution a complete ban? It might be better to recycle or re-use the bags. Our big problem is sanitary conditions - that's what we should be dealing with."
The Ivory Coast isn't the first African nation to implement a plastic bag ban.
Rwanda introduced one six years ago.
How well it's enforced will be key - and most do accept there is a need to clean-up many parts of the country.
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