Fiji's ban on single-use plastic bags comes into effect on New Year's Day.
Fiji's government introduced plans to phase out plastic bags in January this year and the country joins the growing list of Pacific nations to do so.
Marshall Islands, Vanuatu, Niue, Samoa and New Zealand's bans are already in effect while the Pacific's most populous nation, Papua New Guinea, joins them at the end of next month.
In August 2017, Fiji introduced a 10 cent plastic bag levy to reduce plastic bag usage, and a year later the use of plastic bags had halved.
Plastic bag litter diminishes #Fiji's beauty & can hurt our tourism industry which thousands of Fijians rely on for their livelihoods.— Fijian Government (@FijianGovt) December 30, 2019
From 01 January 2020, single-use plastic bags will be banned to protect our environment.#FijiNews #TeamFiji #FijianGovernment #PlasticFreeFiji pic.twitter.com/gWfHslFI1o