The Faisalabad Waste Management Company (FWMC) has launched an awareness campaign on Wednesday against the use of plastic bags. FWMC Managing Director Aurganzaib Shami kicked off the campaign and distributed flyers and paper bags among shopkeepers at various markets in Aminpur Bazaar, Faisalabad.
He said plastic bags not only polluted the environment but were also fatal to animals. “Plastic bags can float in the air and get strewn across roads. This causes pollution and clogs the sewerage system.” He said the use of paper bags and environment-friendly bio-degradable bags could help reduce environmental pollution. “We have accorded priority to public awareness because we know that citizens that must first take responsibility of protecting the environment…sensitising them about threats to the environment is one way of going about it.” The FWMC director said that the FWMC wanted the citizens of Faisalabad to join hands for a cleaner city. He said the FWMC often organised awareness activities to bring the citizens into the loop. He said activities regarding cleanliness campaigns would continue over the next few days to sensitise people about environmental depredation due to plastic bags.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 1st, 2015.