Shoprite has assured that before the 16th of March 2019 it will completely stop utilizing the old plastics bags following an extension from 14th February for them to utilize the remaining stock of non-compliant plastic carrier and flat bags that are less than 30 microns in thickness.
Shoprite General Manager Charles Bota says they have already started using green plastic bags which are environmentally friendly.
And Bota notes that some consumers are still ignorant about the ban on the use of plastic bags which are below 30 microns in thickness and has called for more sensitisations on the extended producer responsibility regulations.
He has further indicated that they have heightened security measures in view of the fact they are now allowing customers to enter the chain store with their own bags.
Meanwhile a spot check visit conducted by ZEMA officers led by its Corporate Affairs Manager Ireen Chipili revealed that Food Lovers, Choppies, Pep Stores, as well as Pick and Pay, are among the Chain Stores that have started complying with the Extended Producer Responsibility.
Speaking to journalists, Chipili says ZEMA has since lined up a number of sensitization meetings with the aim of building on what has been achieved so far.