ZAMBIAN Breweries’ recycling initiative, Manja Pamodzi Limited, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Java Foods to collect recyclable waste from its factory.
This is part of the food processor’s contribution to the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) framework designed to increase manufacturers’ roles in building a green economy.
Manja Pamodzi Project Coordinator Misheck Simwanza said, “We commend Java Foods’ decision to joining hands with Manja Pamodzi in promoting environmental protection through recycling, which in turn helps raise hygiene standards in local communities.”
EPR is built on regulations set out in Statutory Instrument No. 65 of 2018 that seek to promote the best practices manufacturers must follow to reduce their impact on the local environment.
Manja Pamodzi is a community-based initiative that supports a network of entrepreneurs who collect and sell post-consumer packaging waste in Lusaka as part of Zambian Breweries’ strategy to help improve the country’s solid waste management system.
With this MoU, Manja Pamodzi will proactively collect recyclable waste directly from the trading premises of Java Foods, reducing the volume of solid waste reaching local landfills.
“Creating sustainability through recycling, can help conserve natural resources, reduce the amount of waste reaching landfills and increase economic security by tapping into domestic raw materials,” explained Mr Simwanza.
Ms Musonda said: “Recycling is key to creating environmental sustainability as well as building green communities. By enlisting Manja Pamodzi to help with our waste recycling, we are perpetuating our ethos of caring for the environment and wider society. It was an obvious connection given our existing relationship with the Zambian Breweries team.”