EMA bans kaylite use


By Nqobile Tshili

The Environmental Management Agency (EMA) has with immediate effect banned the use of kaylite saying the environmentally unfriendly material also causes cancer.

Food Packaging Expanded Polystyrene
Food Packaging Expanded Polystyrene

Kaylite is widely used by fast food outlets in the packaging of takeaways.

Businesses found using the banned material risk a fine of up to $5 000 or one year imprisonment.

EMA evoked Statutory Instrument 84 of 2002 which prohibits the manufacturing or importation of expanded polystyrene (kaylite) for commercial distribution within Zimbabwe.

In an interview yesterday, EMA’s spokesperson Mr Steady Kangata said banning of kaylite was meant to protect the public’s health.

“Besides the environmental impact, kaylite also puts the lives of people at risk. The kaylite gets heated during food packaging. If it’s heated there is the migration of some gas from the container to the food and this gas causes cancer.

“If you look around in Bulawayo or Harare there are some people who eat from kaylite in the morning, afternoon and evening.

“There also people who even heat up food while it’s in a kaylite thereby exposing themselves to cancer,” he said.

“We have activated statutory instrument 84 of 2002 which bans the use of kaylite and this is meant to protect the people.”

Mr Kangata said kaylite was environmentally unfriendly as it not recyclable.

He said the country was banning the kaylite in line with global trends saying companies should adopt more environmentally friendly ways of food packaging.

Mr Kangata said food outlets should adopt paper packaging and he also encouraged members of the public to take advantage of sit-in facilities.

“In the environmental circles we have what we call the emerging environmental issues. These are things which you cannot plan for but due to changes that are taking place globally, we have to adopt as we are part of the global village,” said Mr Kangata.

“We encourage people to sit in. Takeaway is actually a driver to littering. People should go to restaurants where they will sit. Even sadza can be served in bio-degradable paper packaging that is there.

“There is a layer to cover the pores of the paper so that even the soup will not seep through. We’ve seen that in other countries.”

Mr Kangata said food outlets that defy the ban risk being fined up to $5 000 or being jailed for a year.

“We have engaged these shops and they are fully aware of the new regulations governing food packaging. Major retailers are members of the retailers associations and these associations have been apprised of the new requirements. We have also engaged manufacturers,” said Mr Kangata. The Chronicle

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  • Lol

  • The government in Zimbabwe only thinks of banning. That’s all they can do

  • Welcome to Zimbabwe

  • Only now!!!!

  • Nehanda journos they give fake news sometimes.

    • wakadhakwa verenga Herald yanhasi iwe
      yakadhakwa yakambokunyerera kuti kudii you are ignorant and boredom

    • Saka chausina kunzwa apa chii ?. Didn’t i say ‘sometimes’. Only a fool knows everything, the wise man knows how little he knows.

    • Mr man munorasika saka nekuda kwekuti wakambonzwa manyepo zvoreva kuti munhu akambokunyepera aagoni kutawura chokwadi . learn to read and understand wbva waita tsvagurudzo usati waita wrong statement like what you did
      chizviziva kut ndozviri kutoitika zvema Kaylite izvozvo

    • i don’t argue with the brainless

    • i don’t argue with the brainless

  • zimbabwe nyika yekupedzesera pa alphabet

  • That’s a blow to the affected industry

  • Maybe one of the ministers got his new tupperwareplates he wants to introduce.we have seen this we are not surprised.

  • Leslie Ntloedibe are you noting?

  • So no chicken inn today????

  • Pane chisinga konzerese cancer here?!Apparently,being exposed to infrared rays refracted from granite can cause cancer,but isu tiriko kwaMutoko granite is everywhere and sandi kupisa kunoita ziva ikoko!

  • Saka chicken 🍗 inn yave kuiswa mutswanda?

  • They are probably going to ban cellphones as they are said to emit radiation which can cause cancer

  • But they haven’t stopped people from constructing on wetlands and they let thugs sell river sand leaving gullies everywhere.

  • Ma1

  • wat the fuck is kaylite

    • Nyama yekuchicken inn iye isingaibve, inoitisa mudumbu then cancer afterwards

  • Asi kutadza kubanner mapurisa kukanda ma teargas

  • Pashaya company ingagadzire mafood containers anogona kudyiwa nembwa kana araswa or anoora nekukurumidza kana araswa toita manure.Totizira kupi chinhu chese chakungonzi chinopa cancer……foni yangu ndototya kuibata kkkkkkk

  • Yowee saka sadza nematumbu maOk vachapakuriria mundiro dzesimbi here ko iyo company F Neil and Sons one of the major keylites supplier yoita sei manje ummm zvakaoma sekutosvorwa netear gas sure

  • EMA iye yoshaya zvekuita manje

  • Saka takeaway toitasei
    Tofamba nema lunchbox? ?

  • kusura kt bhuuuuuuuuuuuu

  • More people out of work. People are drinking raw sewerage and nobody seems to care.

  • It’s not the kaylite that causes cancer. It’s the diet of the mordern world, from early childhood Zimbabwean children are fed all sorts of unfit food in excess. In the scriptures God gives his people statutes and ordinances to guide them into a healthy lifestyle. Through Moses God tells his people what is acceptable to eat and what is not. Also how meats should be prepared. Unfortunately people don’t heed the warning of cancer in the scriptures and go on to drink and eat things God did not want us to drink or eat, like blood or unbled meat, also horses, donkey’s, elephants and creeping insects.

  • zimbabwe, land of my birth

  • kupusa uko cancer only in Zimbabwe wat abt the world at large

  • Of all the things that are wrong with our country, is that the only thing they are worried about?

  • Ko ivhu rinotengeswa kuMbare rinodyiwa nevakadzi……Ukanzwa nyaya yaro haudye futi.

  • l dont thnk EMA did enough research on this..we used ths thngs fo a longtime now bt no outbreak of cancer

  • same same nezvihuta

  • Kkkkkkkk zvemuzimbabwe pane chingaitisi cancer

  • munhu weseee scaftin heyyy

  • Thats Zim for u..ungati wane hanya nevanhu stereki izvo hutsinye. Kana muine hanya nehutano hwevanhu ko chigadzirisai nyaya yemvura yekachena kuvanhu zve pane yemusewage inobuda mumatape

    • Nxaa vanoda kut zim ife kugozonzi paive neimwe nyika yainzi zim bt yakazofa hayo LOL

  • Businesses will be very badly affected!

  • Good luck

  • Embrace good health habits. They can move from kaylite to cardbox made fastfood taperware.

  • This government is now like a bakery. They are good at making bans.

  • Jomo

    It’s of 2012, not 2002 – the Statutory Instrument.

  • Many jobs to be affected,bad decision.

  • How do you ban something with immediate effect that has been in use for time immemorial? Seriously this country lacks real technocrats. And even more, this decision is based on stolen ideas from foreign countries which probably don’t even have full scientific backing to prove such claims. EMA is supposed to carryout its own case studies before coming up with such crippling decisions. There are people who literally survive from the industries affected and they cant suddenly just be out of work especially in an economy like ours. Smoking causes cancer. We hear cases of lung cancer everyday but did we ban the growing of tobacco or the manufacture and sale of cigarettes. No we didn’t. There is clearly an ulterior by EMA. Shame on you.

    • prodigy712

      As a nation we seem to not care about the ripple effects of policy and how to navigate around such issues. Ko madii mati tichati after one year tochimira. Giving industry and retailers enough time to manage stock holding, processes and capital spend.

      In one swoop, we have eliminated jobs (manufacturing), closed a few businesses, lost trading in FMCG due to new packaging constraints, lost capital (spent acquiring packaging).

      Mapedza tozoti masanctions….. This gvt has scored soo many own goals they are now the real cancer….

  • we same food that we are eating is the same food other countries are eating and using thosd kaylites also even in developed countries

  • Im sure someone from EMA wants to take over supplying kaylites.we know the drill

  • Todhlira pai saka

  • The consequences of doing business in zimbo nothing is guaranteed… zvinongopera sekuseka

  • Can the head of EMA explain to the nation how safe is Harare water supply nd the system thy are using in purfling the raw water ???

  • I dont see the logic of banning the kaylite if we cant provide an alternative….yes kaylite hariore zvekumhanya ku ma bottles e Savanah nemamwe asina deposits nema Super anoira fast fast here???Pane afunga kugadzira mari apa in the name of Enviroment asi ahh tazvijaira hazvina kutanga nhasi izvi

  • I dont see the logic of banning the kaylite if we cant provide an alternative….yes kaylite hariore zvekumhanya ku ma bottles e Savanah nemamwe asina deposits nema Super anoira fast fast here???Pane afunga kugadzira mari apa in the name of Enviroment asi ahh tazvijaira hazvina kutanga nhasi izvi

  • For the upteenth time

  • Bullshit

  • Its never sustainable to start business in this place considering drastic changes the government always make.How can investors come wen theres so much instability zvanyanya

  • I’m not sure if teargas has any benefits to the environment. EMA should ban it first before izvo

  • Vanopenga

  • MaChinese apinda manje

  • Ndozvainogona chete zanu p.f

  • Chicken inn tichatoenda nema plates kkk

  • At one point Twizza drinks and dragon were banned citing the same reasons but to my surprise they reversed the decision. Someone out there must be benefiting from all this.

  • They should consider banning the sun as well since it causes skin cancer.#imleavingzhimbahwe

  • this is only done in a country where a 93yr old is in power

  • and replace it with what?Zimbabwe bans everything and replace with nothing

  • ko macompany anoshandisa makaylife ovhara hre

  • ko macompany anoshandisa makaylife ovhara hre

  • Saka ana chicken slice vototenga maplates esimbi

  • Saka ana chicken slice vototenga maplates esimbi

  • @ Tich: tokuisirai mu cardbox

  • @ Tich: tokuisirai mu cardbox

  • Did we look on to the other side of how many people are going to be affected?

  • Did we look on to the other side of how many people are going to be affected?

  • EMA makuda kujairira vanhu manje cancer ipi??? Makafunda kupi kwamakanyeperwa saka topakurirwa pai??? Dont jus ban things without supplying an alternative! Itai mushe?

  • EMA makuda kujairira vanhu manje cancer ipi??? Makafunda kupi kwamakanyeperwa saka topakurirwa pai??? Dont jus ban things without supplying an alternative! Itai mushe?

  • Pekuzoti cancer apo manyepa.Tingadai tese tiri macancer patients nhasi

  • Now the company that manufacture these objects is going to close

  • Is the cancer scare scientifically proven?

  • They are called STYROFOAM not Keylite . Keylite is the name of a company in Zimbabwe called Keylite King that manufacture these STYROFOAMS

  • They should also close bad roads which are now a death trap

  • The only known way to wake up in another Dimension
    Is to die.
    Energy can not be created, nor can it be destroyed.
    Energy can only change form.
    This Dimension is more different than the first on I remember

  • Saka tohamba nema lunchbox ekuisire sadza ere.ivo ngavawanze ma bin like in every 50 metres poita bin.the reason inoita kuti ma kaylite awande ndechekuti unofamba for about 500m kuti uwane bin.esp iko ku head office ye EMA hakuna bin racho nxi nxi poor policy makers.zim yakazara ngevanhu vanofunga senge mbudzi.

  • Saka kana waiiti daily lunch muKlite uripamaone kaa, huya tikupe funarari porisi chop chop, ndibate ndikupe

  • As a Person who did Safety Health And Encironmental Issues I wuld Understand the Environmental concerns concerning use of Kaylites BUT THEN Environmental considerations shuld be in Harmony with Other concepts of Social And Economic Development. Isnt it Kaylites made it easier for business to be done??

  • Mugabe is the one causing cancer

  • Nehanda is owned by CIOs

  • Nanga nanga nezvisina basa muHarare tichinwa sewerages. While bottled water is being sold by city frogs. service delivery is at its lowest
    Imbwa idzi

  • Nanga nanga nezvisina basa muHarare tichinwa sewerages. While bottled water is being sold by city frogs. service delivery is at its lowest
    Imbwa idzi

  • Asi havasi kutonyora kani these companies anogadzira ma kaylite..ok
    Yu hav banned the kaylite den wat? Pakuda solution

  • Asi havasi kutonyora kani these companies anogadzira ma kaylite..ok
    Yu hav banned the kaylite den wat? Pakuda solution

  • @P_VanDamme_EU I am not getting his point why have they banned kaylite packaging and can he show us the proof simple.

  • @P_VanDamme_EU I am not getting his point why have they banned kaylite packaging and can he show us the proof simple.

  • Kaylites are far much better than the dirty water/effluent you are giving us to drink.

  • juicyofruit

    If you ban styrofoam (kaylite as you call it) then you have to ban asbestos, lead paint, most plastic bottles and containers,cigarette smoking in public – second hand smoke causes cancer, lipstick etc etc and the list goes on.

  • Hoo nhai…! Saka munoreva kuti NANDOS ne CHICKEN INN tavekupakurirwa murusero netswanda here? I can truely smell how some rascals wanna benefit from these useless crooked policies in the name of our Health &Safety.

  • Kkkkkk ma 1 kaylite manje….

  • Back to the old days where chips where put in khakhi papers which we chewed later, and they tasted nice.

  • Banning is the only word that semi gvt depts know.

  • Thanks, finally dinner plates are a thing again!

  • So should people move around with plates??????

  • khanda1

    kkkkk…is this fools day or what? If its true then certainly these people hardly have any grey matter…no wonder why our country is going this backward. So what are they suggesting…bring a plate…you see what happens if you put a villager in charge. Lafelihle

  • Thank you so much. So many companies outside Zim are already using card bord or paper plates. canser is raising in Zimbabwe and i think this is a good move. I feel sorry to the affected though.

  • Pane anerake business soon.look and see.u will tell me one day.

  • I think Zanu pf and Mugabe are more deadly than this polystyrene . Let’s not divert our focus on serious matters

  • Yoweeewee

  • Someone wants to make money.. So what do they do.. Ban.. Zim style.. We all know..

  • Only to be discovered by EMA after a long time use world over? Great discovery kkkk.

  • It is the order of the day in Nigeria, we call it take away park.

  • Ban this,Ban that

  • In America they will allow but in Zim not alowed

  • EMA. so confused. don even know what their priorities are…

  • Yes yes government at its best. I can reliably inform you that there is a Minister and some “big wigs” who imported millions of acceptable food containers from China. In a month’s time the culprits will get millions of dollars and life goes on for them. The then Minister (known) of transport imported millions of reflective vests and fire extinguishers from China, the police arrested motorists and issued tickets. All the motorists bought these items and he got some millions. Now the reflective vests are no longer a requirement. This is not for citizens protection but for their own benefit. Minister of Education and friends also introduced the new curriculum because they wrote and printed books for Heritage, physical education etc now they are making millions from that. Lastly just as teargases are being manufactured and imported inorder to silence citizens where as Caps Holdings is struggling to manufacture some vital drugs for hospitals. Minister of They fundraise using roadblocks. These issues we know……… What can you do to them?? They are in charge……. Keep quiet!!

  • At the end of the day we are going to Walk necked because soon clothes will be causing cancer