Minister of State for Climate Change Zartaj Gul Wazir has said that single-use plastic bags are being banned in Islamabad from August 14, 2019.
Addressing a news conference in Islamabad on Tuesday, Zartaj Gul said according to a survey, about two million people in Islamabad use three to four bags daily, which is alarming for the environment.
She said the Ministry of Climate Change is on board with district administration and Pakistan Environmental Protection Agency in this regard.
The State Minister said it has now been officially decided that there will be a complete ban on the use of plastic bags as it was approved in the cabinet meeting.
In this regard, Zartaj Gul said a draft policy was shared with the participants and suggestions were taken to work on the final draft during its preparation process.
The ban on the use of polythene bags in the federal capital entails a permanent halt of its manufacturing, trading and sale.