Ministry of Climate Change To Recycle confiscated Plastic Bags Into Furniture, flowerpots and bins

The ministry held meetings with the manufacturers for a step ahead on this initiative. These bags will be recycled into 1,000 bins and flowerpots.

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Ministry of Climate Change (MoCC) has decided to recycle the plastic bags that were confiscated after the ban was placed on them in Islamabad. These will be turned into waste bins, flowerpots, and furniture.

“It is nothing new. Furniture and other home products made from recycled plastic bottles and other kinds of plastics are already available in the market. This initiative is among several plans proposed by the adviser to the prime minister on climate change and the Clean and Green Pakistan project”, Ministry Spokesperson Mohammad Saleem said while talking to a news outlet.

The ministry held meetings with the manufacturers to discuss this initiative. These bags will be recycled into 1,000 bins and flowerpots. Then, they will be put in hospitals, schools and other governmental institutions of Islamabad.

When the ban on plastic bags was announced, four teams were formed to implement this decision in various areas of the federal capital.

The Ministry of Climate Change, Metropolitan Corporation Islamabad, Pakistan Environmental Protection Agency (Pak-EPA) and Islamabad Capital Territory were made responsible for imposing the ban.

If found using the bags, shopkeepers could be fined up to Rs. 10,000, meanwhile wholesalers could be fined up to Rs. 100,000. For consumers, the penalty for violating the ban was a Rs. 5,000. These numbers increased with repeated violations.

Up till now, the use of plastic bags in the capital has been controlled by 80pc. Despite the efforts made to ban the use of plastic bags, shops in weekly markets, vendors selling fruits and vegetables on carts and corner stores, etc. still use them to pack goods. Some stores are also using oxy-biodegradable plastic bags, which are even more hazardous to the environment than normal plastic bags.

Pak-EPA Director General Farzana Altaf Shah said that oxy-biodegradable plastic bags are also forbidden under the law. Since the ban on bags was imposed, the ministry’s implementation teams have collected more than Rs. 1.2 million in fines and confiscated around 2,100 kg of polythene bags.

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