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POST TIME: 24 January, 2016 00:00 00 AM
ban on polythene bags
Proper implementation of law demanded
UNB

Proper implementation of law demanded

Environment activists and green shopping bag manufacturers yesterday demanded proper implementation of the ban on manufacturing and selling of polythene bags, reports UNB. Activists of Bangladesh Paribesh Andolan (BAPA) along with some manufacturers of environment friendly shopping bags formed a human chain in front of the Jatiyo Press Club with the demand. They urged the government for proper implementation of section 6(a) of the Environment Conservation Act 1995 to ensure punishment to the institutions and individuals involved in manufacturing and marketing polythene bags. The speakers noted that a type of ‘tissue polythene’, which is produced from the same raw material that is used to produce polythene, has flooded the market recently. Though the manufacturers are claiming that tissue polythene is not harmful, it is equally harmful to the environment, claimed the environment activists at the programme. Addressing the human chain columnist Syed Abul Maksud said the government have taken steps for encouraging people to use jute products and jute bags, but no step have been taken to stop manufacturing and marketing of polythene which is encouraging the polythene manufacturers. BAPA general secretary Dr MA Matin and its joint general secretary Iqbal Habib were also present at the programme.