Over 50 schools ban plastic on their premises

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Oct 22, 2014-

More than 50 schools and over a dozen institutions have declared their areas as plastic free zones and provided alternatives like cloth bags to their consumers as a part of the “No Thanks I Carry My Own Bag” campaign launched three months ago.

Youth campaigners are involved in launching the campaign to promote eco-friendly society and have collected signatures of over 50,000 Nepali citizens above 16 in the past three months. Similarly, policy-makers are also involved in the campaign launched by ‘The Gen Nep-Nation First”, a youth leadership development program run by the Himalayan Climate Initiative. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology (MoSTE) has amended the Plastic Bags Regulation and Control Guideline 2068 and banned the use, production, distribution, import and storage of plastic bags below 30 microns across the country from 2072 BS.

According to MoSTE spokesperson Ram Adhar Sah, unlike the previous attempts to manage and discourage the use of plastic bags in certain areas within Kathmandu, the government decided to ban plastic bags below 30 microns throughout the country. “Stringent actions will be taken if any one is found violating the decision,” he said.

Published: 23-10-2014 08:55

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