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Plastics yet to sink in

IT IS estimated that five trillion plastics are purchased, used once and thrown away every day, worldwide. PICTURE: AFRICAN STAND. Right, plastics pose biggest threat to oceans. PICTURE: DW

DANIEL SIKAZWE, Lusaka
IT HAS been just about over a quarter of a year since the historical announcement by the Zambian government in November 2018 that plastic bags below 30 microns, the common ‘common’ plastic bags type that choke the environment, had been banned.
In some major retail shops, the plastic bags that had been ubiquitous have long been pulled off the tills, but it seems nostalgia, pride and shopping traditions that have transcended decades are not going away.
On November 5 last year, the Ministry of Water Development, Sanitation and Environmental Protection informed stakeholders and the general public that the Environmental Management (Extended Producer Responsibility) Regulations, Statutory Instrument No. 65 of 2018 (EPR Regulations) came into force on August 18, 2018.
The announcement was groundbreaking and business-rocking. It meant that responsibility for the pollution caused by plastic bags did not lie only with the end users or consumers of plastics – the shoppers – but further placed responsibility beyond the consumer’s usage.http://epaper.daily-mail.co.zm/

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