Islamabad: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Director-General (DG) Dr Fazana Shah has said that the government has imposed a complete ban on the use of plastic bags in the capital city, a news source reported. As per the publication, she said that the directive was imposed both in letter and spirit in Islamabad, while the provinces had also been discouraging plastic bags’ usage.
She spoke about the impact of plastic bags on the environment and people’s health during a seminar titled ‘Plastic Free Islamabad’; organised by the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) administration under the ‘Clean & Green Pakistan’. ICT organised the seminar primarily to educate the business community about the significance of abolishing plastic bag usage for health and cleanliness reasons.
Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ICCI) President Muhammad Ahmed Waheed and Anjuman-e-Tajaran Pakistan President Ajmal Baloch attended the seminar as chief guests.
Previously, the Lahore High Court (LHC) had imposed a ban on the use of plastic bags in shopping malls and megastores. The Punjab government had also announced its decision to implement a new policy regarding the use of plastic bags.