Valley lawmakers join hands against use of plastic bags

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu
Valley lawmakers join hands against use of plastic bags

Aug 14, 2014-

In a bid to discourage the use of plastic and polythene bags, some  15 elected members of the Constituent Assembly (CA) from Kathmandu Valley have joined hands to initiate a plastic free campaign. With the slogan, “No Thanks. I’ll carry my own bag” the lawmakers together with youth volunteers will engage in efforts to reduce the usage of plastic bags, which they say is one of the major cause of city pollution.

Nepali Congress lawmaker Gagan Thapa, who has been actively involved in the campaign, thinks that people have made a habit of using plastic grocery bags and it is very hard to help them break that habit.

“To help people break this habit, we have to first concentrate on providing the alternatives to polythene,” said Thapa, adding that it is necessary to amend the acts accordingly in order to introduce a new system to discourage the usage of plastic.

Thapa said that when introducing other alternatives, subsidies must be ensured which will encourage people to endorse the environment friendly substitute to plastic bags.

“The other challenge is giving a safe landing to the existing industries which manufacture polythene and plastic goods,” said Thapa.  To discourage the use of plastic was also a major agenda of the “Kathmandu Unified Valley Vision” which was submitted by the lawmakers to the Prime Minister two months back.

Last year, Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) had also banned polythene use in the Capital, which was revoked after the Supreme Court (SC) issued an interim order not to fine violators without preparing a research report before launching an anti-plastic campaign.

Published: 15-08-2014 09:17

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