Minister Zartaj Gul starts the ‘countdown’ to polythene-free Islamabad
Plastic bags affect 80% of the drains across the country.
Minister for Climate Change Zartaj Gul starts the countdown to Independence day.
This 14th August, government plans to impose a formal ban on the use of plastic bags in Islamabad.
Pakistan uses about 55 billion plastic bags every year, while the curse affects 80% of the drains across the country.
Minister for Climate Change Zartaj Gul officially starts the countdown to 14th August, when the usage of single-use plastic will become a punishable offense in Islamabad. A few days back, the Federal Cabinet approved the Statutory Regulatory Order (SRO) banning the use of plastic bags in the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT).
Adviser to Prime Minister on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam announced that Islamabad will celebrate freedom from polythene on the independence day as they have become a ‘menace’ for the society.
Addressing a press conference, Zartaj Gul said that two million residents of Islamabad consume three to four plastic bags every single day, which explains the gravity of the situation. To tackle the issue, she asked to use the fabric bags or bags that are decomposable to fulfill duty towards the environment.
“In the summary approved by the cabinet, the manufacturers of single-use plastic bags within the limits of the capital will be fined between Rs100,000 and Rs500,000 after Aug 14. Implementation will be strict and raids will be carried out with the assistance of law enforcement,” she said, adding that the media and the civil society should also play its part.
After the new implementation of new SRO, a fine of Rs 50,000 to Rs 500,000 will be levied at manufacturers of plastic bags, the traders of polythene or plastic bags would be fined Rs 10,000 to Rs 5 million while the people using them will have to pay a penalty of Rs 5000.
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With the daunting impacts on the environment overall, they are severely impacting our daily lives as well as 80% of the drains across the country are affected by it. To tackle it, there is no other option than to completely surrender the single-use plastic bags.
“Plastic bags are the biggest problem in chocking drains, sewerage, and streams,” the Minister said.
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