Balochistan bans use of plastic bags

Published: April 16, 2017


QUETTA: Balochistan Assembly passed a resolution to impose a complete ban on the sale, use, and production of plastic bags in order to protect the environment and to also make efforts to find substitute products.

The provincial Environment Protection Agency director-general issued an official notification on Saturday banning the use and production of plastic bags all over the province, renewing the department’s efforts to implement the ban in more effective manner and in the interests of defending the environment and the public health.

The ban will be effective from May 15.

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The resolution, moved by Adviser to the Chief Minister on Information Sardar Raza Mohammad Bareech, was unanimously approved by the House.

According to sources, government officials are holding consultation with plastic bag producers, convincing them to adopt more environment-friendly bags for daily use. The producers have reportedly agreed to switch over to new products using better chemicals from European countries, mainly from German to meet the growing demand.

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Levelling fine on traders and businesses that fail to comply is under consideration to discourage resisting the ban and secret use of plastic bags.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Zaheer
    Apr 16, 2017 - 3:42PM

    Passing resolution in Balochistan Assembly is not enough, implementation remains an issue these plastic bags should be ban across the country as they have ruined our environment, sewerage system and health as we people uses it for carrying edibles in them.Recommend

  • baba
    Apr 16, 2017 - 4:54PM

    Awesome, and kudos to Baluchistan!Recommend

  • Freedom
    Apr 16, 2017 - 6:16PM

    Great move. It takes 800-1000 years for plastic material to disintegrate in nature while paper bag takes about 10 years. Unless plastic is completely recycled, it is really bad for environment.Recommend

  • no-opologist
    Apr 16, 2017 - 9:18PM

    Excellent Decision. Needs to b implemented by all Provinces to get rid of tons of garbage packed and preserved for decadesRecommend

  • Indian
    Apr 17, 2017 - 10:15PM

    Good decisionRecommend

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