In line with the campaign Clean and Green Pakistan of the Prime Minister, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced to ban the use of plastic bags at all the airports across the country.
The orders come days after the aviation authority took back its decision of making plastic wrapping mandatory for all the check-in-luggage after the social media backlash.
The decision would also be prohibiting the plastic wrapping of food and cutlery served to the passengers during the flight, as per the reports of local media.
In the meantime, Shahrukh Nusrat—the Secretary Aviation has ordered the aviation authority to use paper and other environment-friendly bags for boosting a healthy atmosphere.
Besides this, restaurants and shops within the airport premises had also been directed to bar the use of polythene bags.
Earlier the federal cabinet this month gave approval to the ban on the use of plastic bags within the limits of Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT). The Statutory Regulatory Order—SRO of banning the plastic bags in the capital city is planned to come into force from the 14th of August.
Despite a ban in the country on the making, purchasing and selling of the non-degradable plastic bags the use of non-degradable plastic is high.
As per a survey report of 2018 of Environment Protection Department as many as fifty-five billion plastic bags are used in Pakistan while the amount of the use of plastic is surging by 15percent per year.