The Federal Government today approved a complete ban on the use of plastic bags in the capital city of Pakistan. The announcement was made by the Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Climate Change.
He said that the sanction on the sale and purchase of polythene (plastic) bags will come into effect on the 14th of August. The decision to ban the plastic bag was approved during a federal cabinet meeting.
The government has now given a one-month deadline to all the manufacturers, retailers, and wholesalers of plastic bags to finish their stock before the 14th of August.
If anyone is found selling or purchasing plastic bags afterward, strict action will be taken against them.
Only registered authorities will be allowed to produce a limited number of plastic bags meant for industrial or municipal purposes and for hospital wastage.
Any organization who still wants to use polythene bags after the ban comes into effect will have to pay a fee of RS. 10,000 to the government.
Similarly, if any manufacturer, wholesaler, retailer, or importer is found supplying plastic bags in the market after the ban comes into effect, they will be fined Rs. 50,000. Repeated offense will have them pay 500,000.
Shopkeepers and hawkers found in possession of plastic bags will also be fined Rs. 10,000 for the first offense with up to 50,000 for repeated offense.