Islamabad People To Be Fined Rs 20,000 For Reusing Plastic Bags
The people of Islamabad must pay a fine of Rs5,000 for using plastic bags. This ban is to be implemented from March onwards.
It was decided by the Ministry of Climate Change to take strict action against plastic bag usage.
People observed using plastic bags will have to pay a fine of Rs. 5,000. On the other hand, Rs, 10,000 will be fined to shopkeepers and manufacturers. And Rs, 20,000 will be charged on those who continue to reuse plastic bags, bags will also be taken from them.
According to Ajmal Baloch, the president of All Pakistan Anjuman Tarjan, the issue is that Islamabad has restricted the usage of plastic bags, but Rawalpindi’s hasn’t. So sometimes plastic bags come to them from Rawalpindi.
This policy of banning plastic bags has been implemented in Islamabad, since, August 14, 2019, as part of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Clean Green Pakistan campaign. Under the Statutory Regulatory Order, Rs100,000-Rs 500,000 fine was to be imposed on plastic bag manufacturers and wholesalers each, Rs10,000-Rs 50,000 on shopkeepers, and Rs5000 on those carrying such bags.
It is unlawful to manufacture, sell and distribute plastic bags in the city.
The main effect of the usage of plastic bags on the environment is that it takes many years to decompose them. Furthermore, poisonous substances are released into the soil when plastic of these bags decay under sunlight and, if these are burned, they release a toxic substance into the air which causes air pollution.