On Friday, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) banned the use of plastic bags at all airports across the country, Due to the prime minister’s “Clean and Green Pakistan” campaign.
The directives arrive a few days after the CAA rescinded its decision to make the plastic packaging – an extra layer of protection on the luggage – mandatory for all check-in luggage, following the outcry on social networks.
The move will also prohibit the plastic wrapping of food and cutlery served to passengers during flight.
Meanwhile, Secretary Aviation Shahrukh Nusrat has directed the CAA to use paper and other environment friendly bags to promote the healthy atmosphere.
Shops and restaurants at airport premises had also been ordered to prohibit the use of polythene bags.
Earlier this month, the federal government approved the ban on the use of plastic bags within the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT). The Statutory Regulatory Order (SRO) to ban plastic bags in the federal capital is due to come into effect from August 14.
According to a 2018 survey report of Environment Protection Department, as many as 55 billion plastic bags are used per year in Pakistan while the amount of plastic use is increasing by 15% each year.
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17 November, 2019