Govt seeks traders’ help to ban plastic bag use

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Jan 7, 2015-

The government has asked plastic manufacturers and entrepreneurs to stop production and sale of plastic bags with thickness below 30 microns inside Kathmandu from now onwards in order to help the authorities concerned effectively implement the plan to ban on plastic bags from mid-April this year.

During a consultative meeting on Wednesday, the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment (MoSTE) urged the concerned bodies to stop the production of plastic bags with less than 30 microns, which are used widely in day to day basis inside the Kathmandu valley.  “Attempts are being undertaken to ensure the effective implementation of the ambitious plan to declare Kathmandu Valley a polythene bag free zone by mid-April,” said Mahendra Gurung, spokesperson at the ministry.

The government has also asked all stakeholders to work towards ensuring effective implementation of the decision. According to Gurung, the manufacturers and traders are positive towards discouraging the use of plastic bags less than 30 microns. “We have asked them to work towards alternative solutions to plastic such as cloth and paper bags,” he added.

The meeting was attended by all concerned stakeholders, including the Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, private plastic manufacturers, entrepreneurs and traders.

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, after concerns were raised on increasing use of non-degradable polythene bags that are harmful to local environment and public health.

The ministry in 2011 came up with the Plastic Bags Control and Regulation Directive that prohibits companies and individuals to produce, import, store, sale and use of plastic bags less than 20 microns and can imposes a fine of Rs 500 - Rs 50,000 for manufacturing and using of such bags.

However, the provision was not implemented.

Published: 08-01-2015 09:04

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