KP Cracks Down on Plastic Bag Makers and Sellers

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government has launched a crackdown against the use and sale of plastic bags across the province.


The provincial govt. had banned the use of plastic bags in March and had urged the manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers of the polythene bags to deplete their stocks before the June deadline.

Following the end of the deadline, an operation has been started against those who are still manufacturing and selling plastic bags and ignoring the directives from the administration.


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On the directives of Chief Minister Mahmood Khan, the crackdown is being carried out in Swat, Shangla, Buner, Lower and Upper Dir, Malakand Division, Chitral and Bajaur areas of KP.

During the crackdown, the authorities sealed 66 polythene bag factories and also seized three manufacturing factories in Lower Dir.

On Sunday, two more factories were sealed in Peshawar Town-3 while three others were sealed in Hayatabad’s industrial area.


CM Mahmood Khan, on March 7, had announced the ban on polythene bags (plastic bags) in the province to protect the environment from pollution.


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He had constituted a committee under the headship of KP Information Minister Shokat Yousafzai to find out an alternative to polythene bags.

He has directed to constitute a committee under the headship of KP Information Minister Shokat Yousafzai. The committee will find out an alternative to polythene bags.

A comprehensive awareness campaign was run for two months, raising awareness about why the use of polythene bags was harmful to them and for their future generations.

The committee later decided to introduce biodegradable bags which were more environment-friendly.


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