After the imposition of the ban on plastic bags in the capital city, thousands of people are now jobless. The ban imposition has brought starvation for the people associated with the business, as per market sources.
The ban has affected many households as most of the factories making plastic bags are now either closed or their employees have been downsized, as informed by the traders in the commercial centre of Islamabad.
In the same way, a large chunk of people who work on daily wages with the distribution of plastic bags, wholesale or retail businesses are finding it difficult to earn.
Many printing factories, which printed labels on bags, have also wrapped their businesses, thus creating more unemployment for the poor labourers and workers.
Women residing on the outskirts of Islamabad and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa who were operating small machines at homes for the making of plastic bags say that their sole source of income has been wiped off with the ban.
The distribution business of plastic bags has also suffered, and a number of businessmen linked with the business are now on the point of getting bankrupt.
On the other hand, the Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry—RCCI is having serious concerns on the recent wave of raids, sealing and closure of the food outlets in respect to the ban on the use of plastic bags.
President RCCI said that the traders were already showing compliance with the campaign. However, a comprehensive mapping of opportunities is needed for the recycling of plastic, cost and availability of substitutes of single-use plastic bags.