The Zimbabwe government has banned kaylite packaging as it tries to clean up the environment. Environment, Water and Climate Minister Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri gave a six month ultimatum for companies fingered in pollution to submit their action plan on waste management or risk being levied.
Efforts to nip littering and polluting in the bud once and for all have been stepped up with government reading the riot act to manufacturers, companies, litter bugs and other polluters. Muchinguri-Kashiri says littering has reached alarming levels and stern measures have to be taken.
She said manufacturers, importers, distributors, and retailers of disposable diapers must submit an environmentally friendly action plan within six months and failure will result in the government introducing a levy.
Litter has become an eyesore, we cannot just sit and watch while companies and vendors making money continue to walk scot-free while the environment suffers,” said Muchinguri-Kashiri.
Mobile network providers who are also contributing to rampant littering through the sale of recharge cards have been given 6 months to migrate to electronic recharge platforms.
Companies that use plastic bags and kaylites have until June 2016 to switch to alternatives such as khakhi wrappers, cardboard boxes and fibre containers.
Government is also mulling the introduction of mandatory community service for those caught littering and polluting the environment.