On Thursday, the LHC (Lahore High Court) prohibited the use of plastic bags in Gujranwala and Faisalabad.
According to Justice Shahid Karim, plastic bags causes a negative impact on the environment.
The court has been informed that the ban will be imposed in different phases. In many districts, the ban has already been imposed.
On the 8th of February, the court imposed the ban on the use of polythene bags in Lahore’s megastores and provided them a deadline of fifteen days to switch towards alternative shopping bags.
Ban in Capital
Back in 2019, it was announced that the use of plastic bags is going to be banned in Islamabad from August 14th. This announcement came under Imran Khan’s Clean Green Pakistan Campaign. Now, the selling, manufacturing, and distribution of polythene bags in Islamabad is illegal.
If anyone found producing plastic bags in the city will be fined up to Rs.500, 000. The sellers will have to pay a fine of about Rs.50, 000 whereas the people who are caught up using plastic bags will be charged with Rs.5, 000 fine.
Around 2.5 million plastic bags have been seized by the Ministry of Climate Change. Some NGOs are working along with the government is distributing tote bags as a replacement to polythene bags among the citizens.
After Islamabad, Balochistan and Sindh also followed the footsteps of the federal capital and decided to ban the use of plastic bags.