KP bans plastic bags to counter pollution, restore ecosystem

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Staff Reporter
Peshawar

Director General, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Dr Amhad Ali Khan, on Saturday said they have imposed ban on manufacturing of plastic bags as well as sale and purchase of polythene bags to protect environment.

The step has been taken to protect humans, wildlife and aquatic creatures from threats of plastic pollution and ensure restoration of ecosystem, he remarked.

The EPA official told that they have also banned biodegradable and non-biodegradable polythene products in KP.

They have also started actions against companies manufacturing as well as selling and purchasing polythene bags, adding, cases were being filed against the violators which would be sent to Environmental Tribunal, Peshawar for further action.

“The Environmental Tribunal has the power to impose a heavy fine from Rs 50,000 to Rs five million, confiscate the entire stock or impose Rs100,000 fine per day or send the accused behind bars,” he said.