Ministry to come up with plan to ban plastic bags

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu
Ministry to come up with plan to ban plastic bags

Dec 26, 2014-

The government has asked all the stakeholders to work towards ensuring effective implementation of the decision to declare Kathmandu Valley a polythene bag free zone by mid-April next year.

A meeting held by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment and attended by representatives of various ministries and local bodies on Friday decided to prepare a draft of activities to be performed by the various agencies to implement the decision to ban plastic bags inside the Valley.

Concerned over the increasing use of non-degradable polythene bags that are harmful to local environment and public health, the Parliamentary committee on Environment Protection had directed the ministry to come up with measures to completely ban the use of plastics in day-to-day life in the Valley. However, this is not the first time that the plan to mitigate or prohibit the use of plastics bags in the Valley has been taken. Such decisions in the past were not implemented effectively despite growing concerns from all quarters regarding growing use of plastic bags.

The ministry in 2011 came up with the Plastic Bags Control and Regulation Directive that allowed the use of polythene bags thinner than 30 microns, instead of black ones, to be used in day-to-day life. However, the provision was not implemented.

The Friday’s decision includes formulation of a work plan by the ministry to implement the decision effectively. Similarly, local bodies are directed to present drafts on conducting awareness campaigns along with utilisation and management of financial resources to implement the decision. The meeting also decided to engage the private sector and the manufacturers to discuss alternatives to plastic bags and ensure efficient monitoring mechanism.

Meanwhile, the plastic manufactures have warned of protest saying that the government reached the decision without providing alternatives to plastic bags.

Published: 27-12-2014 09:02

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