Bajaur administration launches ban on plastic bags

PESHAWAR: The district administration Buner has sealed five shops in a crackdown against plastic bags on Monday.

The district administration officials said that they have also imposed fines on the shops for violating the order of total ban on the use and manufacturer of plastic bags. The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has imposed a ban on the use of plastic bags in the province to protect the environment.

“We have to stop the business of plastic bags in every condition,” one of the officers of the district administration said. They warned the shopkeepers to use biodegradable plastic bags otherwise, they will be sent to jail.

The federal government has also announced to ban the use of plastic bags in the federal capital from August 14.

Crackdown in Peshawar

The Peshawar District administration on Monday sealed two more polythene shopping bags manufacturing factories and took thousands of plastic bags during the ongoing crackdown.

On the directives of the Deputy Commissioner (DC), Peshawar Mohammad Ali Asghar, the Additional Assistant Commissioner (AAC), Town-II, Mena Zahir along with the officers of Environment Department conducted a raid on a plastic shopping manufacturing units near Shah Alam Bridge on Charsadda Road.

The raiding team after taking into possession thousands of kilograms of the plastic shopping bags sealed the factory. Similarly, a team headed by AAC Town-IV, Asif Iqbal sealed a factory on Kohat Road.

The crackdown against polythene manufacturing units has been launched after the imposition of ban on the use of plastic shopping bags by the provincial government. The officials claimed that the district administration is busy in the implementation of the directives of the provincial government and conducting raids on the polythene shopping bags manufacturing units.

The Deputy Commissioner has warned the trading community instead of polythene shopping bags should use the bio-degradable bags. Otherwise, stern action would be taken against them and the proprietors of the shops would be sent behind bars. All ACCs have been issued directives in this regard.