Kaylite Ban still stands; only a 3-month reprieve given
- 19 Jul
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The Government, through the Environmental Management Agency (EMA) has given the manufacturers, distributors and users of polystyrene, popularly known as kaylite, three months reprieve to wind up their operations leaving the discretion to use kaylites to individuals.
The reprieve follows a meeting between polystyrene manufacturers, retailers and EMA on the way forward after the activation of Statutory Instrument 84 of 2012, Environmental Management (Plastic Packaging and Plastic bottles) (Amendment) Regulations, which ban the manufacture, importation and commercial distribution of polystyrene.
It is important to note that the ban still stands. Nevertheless, a 3 months reprieve was given to allow a smooth changeover by businesses. The 90 day reprieve which started on the July 17, 2017, will end on October 17, 2017. Thereafter, any violator of the law will be brought to book.
The ban on polystyrene was effected as a result of its environmental and health impacts.