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By Thandie Chadzandiyani

LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-Malawi continues to face a high risk of plastic pollution crisis and although plastic is a highly useful material in everyday life, the consumption and production of plastics have become unsustainable and this is going from bad to worse.

March 15, being the world consumers day, this year consumers have been urged to concentrate on tackling plastic pollution.

Malawians is one of the developing nations producing more waste per capital than their sub-saharan counterparts resulting in environmental degradation.

“Now is a critical time highlighting, addressing and tracking plastic pollution as the global COVID-19 pandemic adds to the rise of single use of plastics including face masks, gloves and food packaging” explained the Executive Director John Kapito in a press statement made available to The Maravi Post.

“But we have put some ways of tackling plastic pollution in our country to reduce the urban flooding in our cities as plastic are clogging most water ways,” he added.

CAMA appeal comes amid Malawi government enforcing thin plastic ban.

75 000 tonnes of plastic is produced in Malawi each year, of which 80% is single-used plastic that cannot be recycled, most of these plastic take 1000 years to decompose hence affecting the climate change as the block waterholes in the soil.

However in Malawi most livelihoods are linked to the fisheries of Lake Malawi and other floods wetlands this is a particular concern plastic pollution result in loss of marine life as this has a serious consequences for fishery stock and production.

World Consumers Day spreading awareness about consumers rights and needs have seen it in their interest to join together and spread the awareness of the dangers of continuous using of plastics without being recycled and how people can control this catastrophe.

Plastic manufacturing and after-use incineration generate greenhouse gas emission that contribute to climate change.

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