MARDAN, 26 October: Mardan district government on Thursday launched crackdown against sale of banned plastic shopping bags, keeping in view environmental hazards.

A team of district administration raided stores and vendors for keeping the non-biodegradable shopping bags. According to the district administration hand out, raids were conducted on stores in Canal Chowk, Shamsi Road, Sabzi Mandi and Bank Road.

The raiding teams have seized thousands of shopping bags and imposed fines on shopkeepers directing them to use bio-degradable bags.

The provincial government has completely banned use and sale of non-degradable shopping bags.