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Islamabad fruit vendors use plastic bags despite ban

The vendors of the capital's Sabzi Mandi (fruits and vegetables market I-11) and fruit sellers at the Aabpara market have been found using plastic bags, despite the ban imposed on these by the federal government.

The plastic bags ban was imposed by the government on August 14. Single-use polythene carrier bags were banned to phase out the overwhelming number of plastic bags in the environment. According to recent studies of United Nations and World Resource Institute around 127 countries in the world were regulating plastic bags under different legislations.

Vendors in the Sabzi Mandi said all the vegetables and fruits were brought in from other provinces where there was no ban on plastic bags. Also, if the government wanted to ban these products, then they should have come up with a viable alternative first.

Earlier, the representatives of market committee of the Sabzi Mandi had a detailed meeting with the Secretary Ministry of Climate Change Hassan Nasir Jamy where they demanded a week's time to fully ban plastic bags in the Sabzi Mandi. The ministry, however, made it clear that this should not be treated as any extension in the ban imposed in the federal capital.

Senior official of the ministry told APP that the ban was not imposed overnight rather eight months long stakeholder consultations and deliberations were held with the traders, plastic recycle association, experts, environmentalists and media.


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