Govt plans levy on kaylites

HARARE - Beverage companies could soon pay a recycling levy on pets and kaylites as government moves to curb post-consumer waste, the Environmental Management Agency (Ema) has said.

Ema held a second consultative meeting with beverage companies on Tuesday to work on modalities of how a recycling levy will be charged on the distribution of cans, pets and kaylites so as to support the container collection and recycling process.

The levy is likely to bring about various new requirements for members of the supply chain which would ultimately increase the price of foodstuffs for the already hard-pressed Zimbabweans.

“...Ema and the beverages companies are working on the modalities of a levy system on beverage containers as a way of managing post-consumer waste in the country getting a cue from a South African recycling company, Extrupet on how such a levy supports communities in recycling initiatives in order to keep the country clean.”

The move comes as minister of Environment Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri in December last year gave beverage companies a six-month ultimatum for the phase out of kaylites and disposable diapers.

Then, Muchinguri-Kashiri introduced a raft of measures she hoped would help clean up the country and achieve sound waste management.

Muchinguri-Kashiri said she was “itching” to raise the $20 level three fines for littering and the level four fines for illegal dumping to at least $5 000.

“Apart from charging fines….my ministry is working on ways to introduce mandatory community service for everyone caught on the wrong side,” she said.

Muchinguri-Kashiri said she was eager to impose a levy on pet waste to curb the amount of pet bottles being littered.

Comments (1)

They are charging us paper bags, now its kay Lites, next even our paints. Someone is benefiting at EMA and we are in trouble I tell you.

ziso - 7 July 2016

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