PLASTIC BAGS AIDING POLLUTION

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Plastic bags are polluting the environment

MALAWI, today joins the rest of the world in commemorating the Word Environment Day, WED, with a call to properly dispose plastic bags.

The department of Environmental Affairs in the ministry of natural resources has admitted that plastic bags are polluting the environment in Malawi.

This year’s WED theme is “Beat Plastic Pollution” and it is aimed at encouraging people to reduce the heavy burden of plastic pollution in their everyday lives.

In 2012, Malawi government through the Ministry of natural resources, energy and mining introduced a ban on thin plastics which was mandated by the Environment Management Plastics Regulation.

Through the regulation, Malawians are not allowed to Manufacture, import, trade and distribute plastics of less than 60 micrometers.

Plastic Manufacturers Association of Malawi, however, suspended the ban through a court order claiming that the department did not consult them.

Seven years down the line, no progress has been seen since the matter is still in court and judgment has not yet been passed.

The World Environment Day was established by the UN General Assembly in 1972 and it is commemorated on the 5th of June every year, with an aim of encouraging awareness and action for the protection of the environment

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