Ministry of Climate Change (MoCC) along with police confiscated more than 50kg Polyethylene bags during the search operation at Ghauri Town Islamabad and imposed fines Rs 45000/- on the violators of the regulation.
They visited different general stores, Bakery and many other local shops located in Ghauri Town Islamabad.
Use of Polythene bags are reduced in the suburb of Islamabad but still many local shops and hawkers are still using Polyethylene bags in Ghauri town. The alternative of polythene bags like cotton bags, jute bags, paper bags and polypropylene bags are now available.
Ministry of Climate Change (MoCC) Dr Zaigham Abbas, said that “during the campaign they confiscated more than five tons Polyethylene bags which are properly recycled and then make dust bins which will be installed in the city”.
He further said while talking to media that “Plastic bags releases toxic gases and affects the function of the immune system. Plastic waste choking our oceans, lakes, and rivers and piling up on land is more than unsightly and harmful to plants and wildlife”.
Government and the concerned authorities are trying to eliminate the menace of the harmful effects of polythene bags by organizing environmental awareness campaigns through MoCC. In order to restrain plastic pollution, the use of eco-friendly or paper bags must be a need of hour.