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Anambra wants manufacturers to pay for used water sachets

The Anambra State Government has made it mandatory for manufacturers of packaged water to pay for used plastic water bottles and sachets returned to them by their consumers.

The Commissioner for Environment, Dr. Michael Egbebike, said this in Awka on Saturday at the close of July’s statutory sanitation exercise.

Egbebike said the new policy would take effect from Monday, August 1, 2011, and that vendors of sachet water would have to purchase the product only after delivering empty sachets gotten from already consumed product to the wholesalers.

Egbebike explained that the measure was to ensure that empty polythene generated from consumed sachet water did not litter the state and block drainages.

He said that each sachet returned to the dealer would attract N2.50, while small and big bottles of water would be returned for N5 and N10 respectively.

He said, “The good thing about this measure is that we have liaised with the sachet water manufacturers, and they have accepted that the value placed on the polythene will not cause any increase in the price of product.

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