Govt initiates action against polythene manufacturing units
PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government has initiated strong action against polythene bag manufacturing companies. Deedar Ahmed, Assistant Director Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) KP while talking to APP told that polythene bags being a leading source of spreading plastic pollution has been banned in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and strong action was being taken against polythene bags manufacturing companies. Only biodegradable bags having 50 microns size were allowed in the open market for businesses purposes. He said plastic size was being measured by d2 detector and all those bags with less than 50 micron size were being seized in the markets to curb the plastic pollution. Deedar Ahmed said operation against polythene bags manufacturing companies and shops were expedited across the province including Swat, Buner, Shangla, Lower, Upper Dir, Malakabd, Chitral, DI Khan, Abbottabad and merged tribal districts. He said polythene bags factories and manufacturing companies were sealed in Hayatabad Industrial Estate Peshawar under Prohibition of Non-degradable Plastic Products (Manufacturing, Sale and Usage) Rules 2016. He said companies violating the Government orders were being sent to Environmental Tribunal Peshawar having the power to impose fine up to Rs5million, confiscated entire stock or imposed Rs100,000 fine per day or sent the accused behind bars. He said 6000 plastic factories were operating in the country, mostly located in the Punjab (60%) followed by Sindh (30%), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (7%) and Balochistan (3%), adding 18 registered plastic manufacture companies besides dozens other unregistered units were operating in Peshawar. - APP � f�ŭM'�O���v}t.C��s|̜Jr