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Islamabad Fined Rs20,000 For Reusing Plastic Bags

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Islamabad Fined Rs20,000 For Reusing Plastic Bags
A Pakistani boy carries waste plastic bags on a horse-driven cart in Lahore on December 11, 2018 - Photo by ARIF ALI/AFP via Getty Images

A decision had been made by the Ministry of Climate Change to take rigorous action against the usage of plastic bags in the city.

Individuals who are caught using plastic bags would face a Rs5,000 fine, while shops and producers will face a Rs10,000 charge. Those who continue to use plastic bags will be subjected to a fine of Rs20,000 per violation. In addition, the baggage will be seized.

The ministry has launched a public awareness campaign to raise public understanding of the dangers of using plastic bags.

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Ajmal Baloch, the president of the All Pakistan Anjuman Tajran, explained that the difficulty is that while Islamabad has outlawed plastic bags, Rawalpindi has not done the same. Plastic bags occasionally arrive at our facility from Rawalpindi. Plastic bags have been prohibited in the federal capital since August 14, 2019, as part of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Clean Green Pakistan campaign. In the city, it is unlawful to produce, sell, or distribute plastic bags of any kind.

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