Plastic use ban shall lead to job loses, warns ZAM

By Staff Reporter

The Zambia Association of Manufactures (ZAM) says government did not widely consult stakeholders before banning the use of plastic bags in the country.

ZAM President Rosetta Chabala  says that the association was not consulted over the introduction of the new law.

Chabala says the new law will have a negative impact on the sector as plastics manufacturing companies will be forced to close businesses.

“The process of phasing out plastics would have been done over a period of time, to allow manufactures to plan,” she added.

Government on Monday banned the use of plastic carrier bags which supermarkets package goods for the shoppers.

The plastic carrier bags and other plastics banned are those below thirty microns in thickness.

This follows the signing into law the environmental management -extended producer responsibility- regulations Statutory Instrument number 65 of 2018.