ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Environment Protection Agency (Pak-Epa) yesterday announced regulations, prohibiting manufacturing, import, sales and use of non-biodegradable plastic bags and other plastic products in the Islamabad capital territory from April 1.
Approved by the Ministry of Climate Change and after obtaining consent from the Law and Justice Division, the Prohibition of Non-biodegradable Plastic Products (Manufacture, Sale and Usage) Regulations 2013 were announced at a press conference here.
“This landmark step taken by our ministry will help control spread of waste plastic bags (choking drains and polluting landscape) and enable exporters to comply with environment-friendly packaging demanded in the international market,” said Minister for Climate Change Rana Mohammad Farooq Saeed Khan.
He said that the technology to manufacture biodegradable properties in plastic was simple. A small quantity of olefin-based additive (1 to 3 percent) is mixed with raw materials to develop biodegradable properties.
Bags made with this technology are left in the open air or water absorb oxygen gradually, weakening internal bond of plastic material and thereby allowing biological degradation to take place, he said.
Asif Shuja, the Director General of Pak-Epa, said that plastic bags were introduced in the US in 1977. By 1982, they popularity and came to Pakistan.