Banning plastic bags in public interest, says adviser
ADVISER to the Prime Minister on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam presides over a meeting convened to discuss ban on plastic bags on Tuesday.
Territory (ICT) attended the meeting.
The minister directed the officials to draw up a plan regarding distribution of alternative bags and dissemination of information regarding their availability.
The participants noted that out of all the plastic materials polythene had been targeted which was non-recyclable and hazardous to the environmental. Each importer/distributor of such plastic bags has been directed to devise a plan how to collect and then recycle plastic bags. The meeting decided that it would be the producer’s responsibility to handle post-
The only exceptions included industrial packaging, municipal, hospital and hazardous waste. Exception criteria are strict and based on the principle of product integrity and unavailability of alternative packaging material.
Secretary Climate Change Hassan Nasir Jamy said there was a system of labeling and record keeping in place in order to record importer/manufacture’s identity and percentage of recycled content.
Media campaigns will last until Aug 24 while 110,000 bags of alternative material will be distributed in various ministries and in bazaars.
Administrative penalties will be imposed by the district administration and EPA. The SRO provides a penalty of Rsl00,000 to Rs500,000 for manufacturer and whole sellers, Rsl0,000 to Rs50,000 for shopkeepers and Rs5,000 for individual users.
The government has also planned to ban oxy-biodegradable bags that are now considered even more dangerous to the environment than sin-gle-use polythene bags.
What makes oxy-biodegradable bags extremely hazardous to the environment is that after disintegrating the almost invisible pieces of plastic can be consumed by humans, animals and especially marine life, a senior official in the ministry told Dawn.
ISLAMABAD: Adviser to Prime Minister on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam said on Tuesday that beyond Aug 14 sale and purchase of plastic bags would not be acceptable.
“Banning plastic bags is in the public interest and it will only be effective with the cooperation of the public,” Mr Aslam said at a meeting held at the Ministry of Climate Change.
Senior officials from the ministry, Pakistan Environment Protection Agency and Islamabad Capital