Poor Execution of Thin Plastics Ban Worries Stakeholders

Anglican Bishop Brighton Malasa - patron for Malawi Creation Care Network Anglican Bishop Brighton Malasa - patron for Malawi Creation Care Network PIC: ZBS Crew

Anglican Bishop Brighton Malasa who is a patron for Malawi Creation Care Network says unless citizens start refraining from using thin plastics the ban on the same will not be effective.

Malasa said this on the sidelines of a tree planting exercise by the Malawi Creation Care Network at Kaphatenga trading centre in Salima.

He has however called on government to be serious on enforcement of the ban saying the plastics remains a great threat to the environment.

Last year government won the appeal case on the ban of thin plastics after a long legal battle with manufacturers.

"Malawi Creation Care Network is one of the organizations who fought for the ban and it is worrying to note that there is nothing happening regarding enforcement of the ban as the thin plastics are seen everywhere," he said.

"There is need for the citizenry to show action by refraining from buying such thin plastics as they are hazard to the environment, perhaps the manufactures are not moved because they are assured of a market, and again I think there is a need for Malawi to completely ban the plastic bags," said Malasa.

There was no immediate comment from the department of Environmental Affairs.

Thin plastics are said to take about 500 years to decompose hence a campaign to get read of them as they are hazard to the environment.

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Last modified on Tuesday, 31/03/2020

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