Govt to impose ban on plastic bags soon

LAHORE  (HRNW) In a move to promote environmental conservation, Punjab Government announced to impose ban on the usage of polythene bags (plastic shoppers) in the province and appealed the public to use cloth or paper bags, media reported on Thursday.

On the occasion of Earth Day, April 22, the Chief Minister of Punjab, Maryam Nawaz, decided to take environment-friendly measures and approved the ban on the use of plastic bags from June 05.

During a review meeting to implement the environment-friendly measures, Maryam Aurangzeb directed the members to ensure a complete ban on the use, delivery and production of the plastic bag as it is non-degradable in nature and effects environment.

She added that burning plastic bags contributes to spread of the respiratory and other life-threatening illness, including lungs cancer.

Maryam Aurangzeb urged the people to refrain from using and burning plastic bags to save themselves against cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

“Without the assistance of media and cooperation citizens, this campaign cannot be successful,” She said.

The meeting members decided that the Deputy Commissioners will ensure ban on the use of plastic bags, meanwhile, lectures and workshops related to environmental awareness will be conducted in the educational institutions.