Plastics ban jolts Chilenje residents

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RABECCA BANDA writes

RESIDENTS of Chilenje Township and surrounding areas are concerned with the move by government to ban plastic carrier bags in shopping malls and super markets.

The residents feared the ban would create an extra cost to their budget each time they wanted to buy goods.

Ms Mainess Nakamba suggested that the planned introduction environment-friendly shopping bags in shopping malls and super markets should be given to shoppers free of charge.

She said the extra coins spent on buying shopping bags could be used to acquire other little but needed goods.

She said the government should find other means because not everyone that could afford shopping bags even for a small item as a bottle of water.

Mr Arnold Malanda said the buying of shopping bags would create an extra cost unlike before when plastic bags were provided for free.

However, Stella Chimbulo said the removal of the ordinary plastic bags was a good initiative because the bags could be kept and reused unlike plastic bags which were almost immediately discarded and littered communities.

“Most of people in compounds throw plastics bags carelessly after use, but when shopping bags are introduced they will be more responsible because they will not want to spend more money on shopping bags,” she said. She said the shopping bags were a standard that the communities needed in order to develop

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