Nelma Caetano, who was speaking on the sidelines of a meeting of the technical support group for the Multidisciplinary Commission for the Elaboration of the National Plan to Ban Plastics, considered the amount of plastics produced and used for "the still incipient number" of existing recycling companies to be high in the country.
"The survey we carried out, in 2022 alone, we produced and distributed more than four billion plastic bags", said Nelma Caetano, in statements to the press, defending that it is necessary that "the population begins to change its behavior, its posture, with the ultimate aim of reducing plastic production".
The official stressed that various types of plastic are produced in Angola, namely PVC, HDPE, among others.
"And from this survey, we can see that what is most prevalent here in our country are PET plastics, which we normally use for bottling table water, which are in large quantities, and our producers do not pay attention to reverse logistics, the extended responsibility of producers", she said.
According to the chairman of the board of directors of the National Waste Agency, another problem is also the use of HDPE-type plastics, "which are the famous plastic bags, which are also in large quantities".
The President of the Republic, João Lourenço, created, in January this year, the working group to draw up the National Plan to Ban Plastics, with the aim of tackling environmental degradation and regulating the production and use of this product.
According to the presidential dispatch, "the pollution rates resulting from the use of plastics in general are worrying, whose mode of production and use does not find regulation in the internal legislation" of the country, a coastal State, which has assumed international commitments on environmental protection, consolidated in the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.