The Private Sector Federation (PSF) in Rwanda is planning to raise funds from its members to support single-use plastics management. The Federation plans to invest some 690.6 million Rwandan francs (around '560,400) in the "Sustainable management of single-use plastics" project.
Launched on June 5th, 2021, the “Sustainable Management of Single-Use Plastics” project aims at fighting plastic pollution in Rwanda. The Private Sector Federation (PSF) will mobilise 690.6 million Rwandan francs (about 560,400 euros) for this five-year project, according to the partnership signed with the Rwanda Environment Management Authority (Rema).
Through the Sustainable Management of Single-Use Plastics project, Rema hopes to eliminate single-use plastics from the Rwandan landscape. In 2019, the country enacted Law 17/2019 on the prohibition of the manufacture, import, use and sale of plastic carrier bags and single-use plastic items. Companies have until September 2021 to stop supplying or selling single-use plastic in the country, or face penalties.
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Recalcitrant companies will face a fine of 5 million Rwandan francs (about €4,900). The text also provides for a fine for individuals of 50,000 Rwandan francs (about 40.9 euros).
The PSF funding will improve the collection, processing and recycling of single-use plastics in Rwanda. Rema will provide technical support for the project and raise awareness about single-use plastic management. According to the government agency headed by Faustin Munyazikwiye, the “Sustainable Management of Single-Use Plastics” project will also contribute to the preservation of the environment, as well as reduce the effects of climate change.
The East African country wants to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 38% by 2030. This is what Rwandan President Paul Kagame said at the 2020 Climate Ambition Summit.