UNDP Malawi says it has introduced a policy to prohibit the use of single and thin plastics at its events.

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UNDP Malawi says it has introduced a policy to prohibit the use of single and thin plastics at its events

In a statement issued last week, United nations development programme (UNDP) has called on service providers to find innovative solutions to replace the uses of thin plastics.

It further says it will continue to support fight against climate change and the achievement of sustainable development.

In its effort the UNDP says it has introduced a policy to prohibit the use of single and thin plastics at its events and all projects funded by UNDP.

UNDP has since said that it will continue complementing effort by malawi government in banning the use of plastics for clearner and healthier environment.

Meanwhile ministry of Natural Resources Energy and Mining’s Environmental Affairs Dept is reemphasizing on the need for Malawians to restrain themselves from using single-use and thin plastics of less than 60 microns.

This follows dismissal on 31st of July, 2019 of an appeal case Aero Plastics and members of the Plastics Manufacturers Association lodged with the Supreme Court of Appeal in Blantyre.

According to Plastics Regulations of 2015 of the Environmental Management Act of 1996, no one is allowed to import, manufacture, produce, sell let alone use such banned plastics of less thickness as mentioned above.

Owing this government move, one reputable world body, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Malawi Office has on 12th of September 2019 echoed the move through its Press Release restraining all insitutions which receive funding from it from hosting any type of meeting or activity in or at any place that is known to be using the thin plastics.

To this end, govt highly commends the move by the UNDP for restraining itself from funding any institution which holds meeting or activity in or at a place which normally uses plastic bottles and such othet plastic materials as a way of promoting the ban on such materials in Malawi.

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