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Govt to ban plastic bags

17 July, 2019

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Adviser to the Prime Minister on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam briefed the media on the progress made regarding the prime minister’s Clean and Green Pakistan initiative and to announce a new policy on the use of plastic bans.

“Plantation for the monsoon season is about to begin at the end of the month and we have set a target of planting 140 million trees,” he announced. “And the cabinet has made an important decision today,” he continued.

“It pertains to the plastic shopping bag, which has become a nuisance for us all. 80 percent drains are blocked owing to this menace; flooding in urban areas, and the spread of disease can also be attributed to this. And it is such a thing which does not decompose for 1,000 years. “So, to put a stop to this, the cabinet has accorded approval for a law under which plastic bags will be banned, beginning August 14, in Islamabad and its adjoining territories,” he said, adding that Islamabad was just the beginning and other cities would soon follow.

Aslam underscored the fact that the legislation had been devised after thoroughly studying global models implemented to end plastic bag use.

“This [ban on plastic bags] has been practiced earlier – in 1994, 1995, 2001 and 2013 but could not help to achieve the set targets due to lacunas in the legislation. However, this time, we have taken the initiative from the federal capital and will whole-heartedly enforce the law to get rid of plastic bags,” the adviser vowed.

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