Delays in plastic bag ban worries environmentalist

One of the country’s environmental analysts has expressed concern over the delayed ruling by the High Court on the ban of production of thin plastic carrier bags.

It has been over two years since government through the Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining banned companies from producing thin plastic bags.

Dr Dalitso Kafumbata said the delay poses a great threat to the environment as thin plastic bags take time to decompose.

“Thin plastics takes longer to decompose and they are very harmful to our environment it is estimated that thin plastics could take more than 100 years to decompose,” Dr Kafumbata told YFM online.

Commenting on the matter spokesperson in the Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining Sangwani Phiri said nothing has changed on the case.

Phiri said they are failing to act on the issue due to the injunction that thin plastic bags producing companies got from the High Court.

The Plastics Manufacturer Association of Malawi argues that no proper procedure was followed when endorsing the ban.

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