Pak­istani cap­i­tal pre­pares ban against sin­gle-use plas­tic bags

The Morning Call - - NATION & WORLD -

ISLAMABAD, Pak­istan — Each time some­one in Pak­istan runs out to the store for a car­ton of milk, a half-pound of loose sugar or an af­ter-school snack, it comes in a flimsy plas­tic bag that usu­ally gets thrown away.

If all those bags are added up, of­fi­cials es­ti­mate, they to­tal 55 billion a year, and many end up clog­ging city drains and sew­ers or piled up in va­cant lots and parks and pol­lut­ing canals and streams.

Now the govern­ment is about to take a dras­tic first step to­ward elim­i­nat­ing this pub­lic eye­sore and en­vi­ron­men­tal hazard. Be­gin­ning Wed­nes­day, all sin­gle-use polyethy­lene bags will be banned in the cap­i­tal re­gion of about 1.5 mil­lion peo­ple. Any­one who uses, sells or man­u­fac­tures them will face a fine: $31 for us­ing a sin­gle bag; $63 for sell­ing one; and up to $31,000 for man­u­fac­tur­ing them.

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