Tanzania: new rules on plastic bottles on cards
Dar es Salaam – The government is preparing new regulations that should restrict the use of hard-to-recycle and non-environmentally friendly plastic bottles.
Soft drink manufacturers will be required to use a clear polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic bottle for packaging, instead of colored bottles whose recyclability would not be critical to improving the environment.
Clear plastics are still preferred in the recycled material market and have the highest material value as clear plastic can generally be dyed with greater flexibility.
Speaking yesterday, the Minister of State in the Office of the Vice President for Union and Environment, Mr Selemani Jafo, said the regulations should be ready before the end of the year and will be onerous for soft drink manufacturers who use colored bottle packaging.
Mr Jafo was speaking at a reception where Coca Cola unveiled the new look of its Sprite which is now packaged in the new plastic bottle.
“The coming regulations will be really tough. You (the soft drink makers) will have to put up with us,” Jafo said, noting that the government’s goal was to phase out hostile packaging.
“The regulation will be published in the Official Journal before the end of the year, ready for use.
Congratulating Coca Cola for taking the initiative to use reusable and recycled materials in its packaging, he urged other investors to follow suit.
The director general of the National Environmental Management Council (NEMC), Dr Samuel Gwamaka, said the plan on the cards is to phase out colored bottle packaging within 12 months.
He said NEMC has already written to some investors to inform them of the plan and the need for them to act responsibly when it comes to protecting the environment.
“We need an investor tax. But we are not ready to compromise with environmental protection, ”noted Dr Gwamaka.
Praising Coca-Cola for its proactivity, he said it is very rare to see members of the private sector pursue a certain movement, environmental protection in this regard, without guidance from regulators.
Coca-Cola Kwanza General Manager Unguu Sulay said the change in the iconic look of the bottle is a demonstration of Coca-Cola’s commitment to protecting the environment by using environmentally friendly innovations. ‘environment.
“A new change from iconic green bottles means more Sprite bottles can be collected, recycled and reused to make new ones,” Sulay noted.
The move, he added, is part of the company’s vision for a “waste-free world” which aims to collect and recycle every bottle the company produces by 2030.
The Waste Free World strategy represents Coca-Cola’s commitment to doing business in a sustainable manner, which includes addressing the challenge of packaging waste.
Transparent PET can be made into a wide range of new products, such as pillow and quilt interiors, as well as new bottles, making it more valuable than green PET which has limited uses.
“We are delighted to present the Sprite Clear Bottle in Tanzania, in a further attempt to support the government’s efforts in environmental sustainability,” noted Sulay. Clear PET plastic also contributes to economic empowerment as it will have more value for waste recyclers who depend on the collection and sale of plastic packaging waste for a living. Tanzania is the fifth market in Africa where Coca-Cola has introduced Sprite clear PET, after Nigeria, Ethiopia, Kenya and South Africa.