The Environmental Affairs Department has commenced the dismantling of machines which were used to produce thin plastics at factory belonging to Qingdao Manufacturing Company.
The company forfeited 9 machines to the government as part of punishment for violating plastic regulations on the production of thin plastics less than 60 microns.
About 3 months ago, the then Chief Resident Magistrate Margret Chipao (now Judge) made the ruling in Lilongwe after finding the owners of the firm guilty of producing the banned thin plastic.
The task is expected take at least 4 days, since the machines are heavy duty and need to be handled with care.
Senior Environmental Officer in the department Chifundo Chinyama, has highlighted that the machines will be kept at a government warehouse while waiting for determination of the value of the equipment.
“At the moment we have engaged the Malawi Revenue Authority MRA for documentation to establish the value before we put them up for auction.” Chinyama said
Chinyama observed that the company failed to produce documents for the machines and it is believed that they may have entered Malawi illegally.
Meanwhile, Chinyama reveals that his office is still monitoring the company as some machines will not be confiscated as they were bought while the case was still in progress.
As a way of controlling pollution and promoting environmental conscience industrial activity, the government passed legislation banning use, production and importation of plastic that is of less than 60 microns.
The argument is that such plastic bags are not bio degradable posing and environmental threat.