Zvisha­vane com­plies with EMA kaylite ban

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Business - Mun­yaradzi Doma in Zvisha­vane

MA­JOR su­per­mar­kets in Zvisha­vane have com­plied with Govern­ment’s di­rec­tive to stop us­ing kaylites to serve their cus­tomers, the En­vi­ron­men­tal Man­age­ment Agency of­fi­cer for the area, Mrs Sally Maguwu has said.

Mrs Maguwu said a re­cent in­spec­tion of ma­jor su­per­mar­kets in the town showed that all busi­nesses had taken heed of the ban, save for a few restau­rants, which were still play­ing hide and seek with au­thor­i­ties.

“We en­gaged in some clean up cam­paigns with ven­dors re­cently where we made calls to make sure that their en­vi­rons are kept clean and dur­ing th­ese pro­grammes we also made sure that we in­spect the shops to make sure that they have bins and com­pli­ance is very high,” she said.

“We also wanted to see com­pli­ance with the ban of kaylites and I can tell you that in terms of ma­jor shops, com­pli­ance is 100 per­cent.”

Mrs Maguwu said the de­fi­ant el­e­ments were op­er­at­ing dur­ing odd hours to evade ar­rest. Govern­ment banned the use of kaylites cit­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal and health con­cerns.

In a state­ment in July, EMA said Govern­ment had ac­ti­vated Statu­tory In­stru­ment 84 of 2012 (Plas­tic Pack­ag­ing and Plas­tic Bot­tles) (Amend­ment) Reg­u­la­tions, 2012 (No 1.), pro­hibit­ing the man­u­fac­ture or im­por­ta­tion of ex­panded poly­styrene (kaylite) for use or com­mer­cial dis­tri­bu­tion within Zim­babwe.

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