Polythene traders hold demo, demand lifting of ban

The All Karachi Plastic Bags Manufacturers and Dealers Association has demanded of the authorities to lift the ban on manufacturing and sale of polythene bags, saying that the ban was resulting in joblessness and closure of businesses in the province.

Source : The News

10 Comments so far

  1. barristerakc on November 12th, 2008 @ 11:41 am

    It’s a good piece concerning a very important nuisance that has engulfed Karachi. This ban on plastic bags, along with a total ban on burning the rubbish, will definitely contribute to the beautification of Karachi. Of course, proper notice and education need to be part of any well-intentioned plan.

    The punishment for selling and even using the banned polyethylene bag is a fine of Rs.50,000 and even imprisonment for a minimum of three months to a maximum of four years.

    I however, urge the City Government to also look sympathetically towards the businessmen and workers who are left jobless because of the ban.

    Good Work Raja….Good Work Captain Planet aka Mustafa Kamal


  2. anum on November 13th, 2008 @ 6:09 pm

    OK I just want to know how is banning plastic bags going to contribute to the beautification of Karachi? Once its unbanned wont it just lead back to the same situation? And its not just plastic bags all around the place, there’s a bunch of other crap just laying there such as food wrapper’s or maybe even half eaten food or clothes or what not! Shouldn’t they ban that too, as it pollutes Karachi as well? They obviously can’t ban that so banning plastic bag is not really the solution here. Banning the burning of trash can definitely save both us humans and nature from dying at an early age!

    Prohibit what is useful to the country in the long-term not just a short period of time!


  3. Faisal.K (faisalk) on November 14th, 2008 @ 2:29 am

    No offense but the banning of bags less than 300 microns width is pretty dumb. Simply because a bag of 300 microns is thicker than your average school bag and abhorrently expensive for any shop keeper to use.
    In about a week they will lift the ban….as usual after the lip service is done…


  4. human01 on November 14th, 2008 @ 5:55 am

    This 300 microns THICK plastic bag is polyethylene, a hydrocarbon that is not bio-degradable & will take 100’s of years to decompose. Also it generates harmful gases when burnt, which we do every day every where……..so my friend its not dumb to ban these nuisance…instead its been banned long ago…but its not too late now….if we can implement it….Agree with Barrister…we just need more awareness….and commitment.


  5. human01 on November 14th, 2008 @ 9:32 am

    Ultimate Ignorance is the root of all evil, May Allah Subhanotala give us wisdom at sight to understand the truth…..its ironic to see the violation of "NISF IMAN" condition of our deen at every inch of our so called Islamic Society.


  6. anum on November 14th, 2008 @ 12:41 pm

    But you see they’ve only banned plastic bags..what about all the other trash that is thrown around? How will you stop that from polluting Pakistan?


  7. human01 on November 15th, 2008 @ 5:04 am

    True, only banning plastic wont solve the problem, but it doesn’t mean that plastic bags should be allowed till the whole society transform into more civilized one…(which doesn’t seems happening in the near future any ways). We should appreciate & support these baby steps which certainly will benefit us all and if we keep progressing in this direction, some day (InshALLAH) we’ll get there.


  8. anum on November 17th, 2008 @ 2:24 pm

    Ok I know what you mean. Yes we should support these baby steps but how do we know that they will actually lead to something good? As usual it hardly deos! You know that once the government thinks they’ve done a little bit of something for the society..they think their job is over. They don’t seem to proceed accordingly.


  9. human01 on November 18th, 2008 @ 9:18 am

    Anum bibi…. that’s all I can say!…"peywasta reh shajar sey umeed-e-bahar rakh"….I hope u don’t need english version of above…..cheers!


  10. anum on November 18th, 2008 @ 3:50 pm

    All we do is sit and HOPE and this is what we get..NOTHING.



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