Hunza becomes the first region in South-Asia to ban plastic bags

In the beautiful and breathtaking Hunza, a district in Gilgit-Baltistan, the use of plastic bags has been completely banned and is now a punishable offence. The administration of Hunza district directed traders to use up their complete stock of plastic bags by April 20.

 “Plastic bags are detrimental to the natural environment and human health,” a district administration circular states. “All the traders dealing in plastic bags should end their stock by April 20.”

According to the district administration’s statement, after the April 20th deadline, it will be a punishable offence to use, export, import or purchase plastic bags. Karakoram Area Development Organization and the Environmental Protection Agency have jointly recommended the ban.

With being a hub of tourism and hence this step being a necessary initiative to conserve the natural scenic spots, the step is also ground-breaking as it is the first region not only in Pakistan but in South Asia to do so.

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The administration has sought the services of vocational training centres established in Hunza for persons with disabilities. It will provide them with the raw material at subsidised rates.

“We launched an awareness campaign about the deleterious effects of plastic shoppers in collaboration with the Karakoram Area Development Organization” – said deputy-director Environmental Protection Agency Gilgit-Baltistan, Khadim Hussain. 

“We took the local population and businessmen in confidence for the purpose. They welcomed the step and assured their complete cooperation” – he said.

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