Cameroon’s Ministry of the Environment, Protection of Nature and Sustainable Development (MINEPDED) has slammed varying sanctions on some 390 enterprises found guilty of pollution and violation of environmental laws.
Authorities of the concerned Ministerial Department made public the list of sanctioned companies in Yaounde recently.
The naming and sanctioning of these enterprises shed a defining phase in Cameroon’s battle against the use of non-biodegradable plastics.
The fines within the neighbourhood of FCFA 1million and maximum FCA 50 million have been applied in the spirit of the 1996 law on environmental management in Cameroon.
Most of those sanctioned followed a 2015 inspection visit carried out across the national territory. Most of the enterprises found guilty comprised of: bakeries, pharmacies, shops and drycleaners.
The enterprises were faulted for manufacturing, utilising or circulating non-biodegradable plastics.
Sanctions applied on most of the enterprises according to the release from the Environment Ministry ranges between FCFA 1million to FCFA 50 million.
Douala-Based Societe Camerounaise de Transport et D’enterprise Maritime is the most hit in the sanctions. It has been fined FCFA 50million.
In the hydrocarbons and public works sector, companies have also been sanctioned. Petrolex, Green Oil, Tradex among others are also within the catchment of the sanctions.
These including others such as The Cameroon Tea Estates were found guilty of not conducting environmental impact assessments, EIAs before setting up structures.
Others such as warehouses and slaughter houses have equally been fined for illicit disposal of waste. These sanctions came weeks after the Minister of Environment, Protection of Nature and Sustainable Development, Piere Hele, vouched during this year’s celebration of the world environment day to hunt down those who distribute non-biodegradable plastics.