Pepsi cautioned over dumping of waste

PEPSI distributors in Zambia have been cautioned and given less than a month to stop illegal dumping of liquid waste at their Lusaka depot.

Zambia Environmental Management Agency (ZEMA) principal information and communication officer Irene Lungu-Chipili warned that the company’s non-compliance with the environmental laws against pollution was a punishable offence.

She said the agency on  September 4 issued a Compliance Order to the beverage company  over its failure to adhere to the provisions of the Environmental Management Act (EMA) No. 12 of 2011 on the need to properly dispose of effluent from its industrial plant.

“The company has been ordered to put in place adequate measures to ensure management of effluent discharged from its operations in a manner that does not constitute a risk to human health and does not cause adverse effects,” said Ms Chipili. She explained that all licensed facilities involved in any form of production must observe the conditions stipulated in the laws governing environmental protection and any other relevant statutes which should uphold environmental friendly practices.

The company that produces Pepsi and Mirinda drinks in Zambia is situated in the heavy industrial area on Plot No. 37426, off Mungwi Road in Lusaka. ZEMA issued the warning after the company’s failure to conform with the law.