EPA warns of strict action against violators of ban on use of non-biodegradable plastic bags

PESHAWAR:Director General, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Dr. Mohammad Bashir has issued warning of strict action against those violating ban on use and production of non-biodegradable plastic bans.

In a statement issued here on Thursday, DG EPA said the department will initiate strict action under Section-17 of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Environmental Protection Act, 2014 against violators.

From 21st September,2017, EPA has initiated action against violators & issued stoppage orders to five plastic factories at Hayatabad Industrial Estate Peshawar and rest are in pipeline, the statement added.

It merits a mention here that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has imposed ban on non-biodegradable plastic bags. In this regard Forestry, Environment & Wildlife Department had notified Regulations against Non-biodegradable plastic products on 16th June, 2017.

Under section 3(2) of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Prohibition of Non-Biodegradable Plastic Products and Regulation of Oxo-Biodegradable Plastic Product Rules 2017, if any license issued to any person for manufacture, sale, distribution or import of non-biodegradable plastic shall automatically stand cancelled.

Furthermore, under Section-4 of these Rules no person or company shall sell, distribute or import any pro-degradant additive without registration with the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Similarly, under Section-3(1) of these Rules, three months time was given to whole sale dealers and retailers to dispose off the existing stock of plastic products. On 20th September,2017 the deadline has reached to its end.