FOUR companies in Mzuzu were last week fined K1 million each for continuing to sell thin plastic of less than 60 microns.
The four are Polypack, Aero Plastics, Anchor Plastics and OG Plastics.
“We have fined them because they are failing to comply with the ban to manufacture, distribute and sell thin plastics. We came here on January 29 and sensitised them on the need to stop selling the plastic.
“This was a follow up to the inspection to see if they were complying but we have seen that they are not,” said Sangwani Phiri, Spokesperson for the Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining after serving the four companies with an Environmental Protection Order.
Reads the order: “Whereas following an inspection of the above cited company at its premises at Mzuzu Distribution Shop on 29th January 2016 it was found that the company was distributing prohibited thin plastics in contravention of Regulation three of the Environment Management (Plastics) Regulations, 2015 thereby contribution to the degradation of the environment.
“Therefore take notice that Polypack Mzuzu Branch is here ordered to stop selling thin plastics at its premises at Mzuzu Distribution Shop with immediate effect until such a time as the company complies with the Environment Management (Plastics) Regulations 2015.
You are ordered to pay a fine of K1,000 000.00 (One million Malawi Kwacha) within seven working days from the date of this letter.
Failure to comply with the order will result in a closure order being issued against you.”
Shop manager at OG Plastic Yusuf Usman said he was still selling the plastics because they were old stock.
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