ISLAMABAD: As part of its drive to implement ban on plastic shopping bags in the federal capital, teams of Islamabad Capital Territory Administration (ICTA) seized millions of plastic bags from shops on Monday. A special team of the Ministry of Climate Change (MoCC) backed by police and ICTA team confiscated around 2.5 million plastic bags. The team, comprising officials of ICT administration, ministry, and Pakistan Environmental Protection Agency, raided many shops and big stores in G-9 Markaz (Karachi Company) seizing about 160 kg of polythene bags, besides issuing notices to the owners warning of heavy fines in case of violation of ban in future, a ministry press release said. The ministry formally launched the Clean Green Pakistan Campaign on August 14 in the light of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s special directives and implementation of ban on plastic bags in the ICT was its first step.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 20th, 2019.