On August 14, the day of Pakistan’s Independence Day, Government of Pakistan has imposed a plastic bag ban in Islamabad. Declaring Pakistan’s independence from plastic bags. It is also from this day that Pakistan has become one of the 128th country in the world which banned plastic.
The main content about this ban:
About the fine:
- The manufacturer/ importr/ wholesaler of plastic bags would face a fine of Rs.50,000 to Rs.500,000.
- The shop keeper/ sawker/ stall-holder using plastic bags would be fined of Rs.10,000 to Rs.5 0,000.
- People found using plastic bags would have to pay a fine of Rs.5,000.
Scope of this ban:
Currently plastic ban is take effect in the Islamabad Capital Territory as a preliminary pilot. But the wave of banned plastics will affect most of the country’s population in short time.
According to report of Pakistan Today:
Punjab, which has half of the country’s population, will follow soon.The government officials of Punjab said the Punjab government has decided to ban plastic in province range. The implementation of specific bans will be discussed at the upcoming cabinet meeting.
At the same time, Sindh, the province which have the second largest population, has also announced plans to ban plastics in the province starting in October this year.
Download Full Documents about this ban from Pak-EPA (Pakistan Environmental Protection Agency)
There were signs early
Pakistani government officials have had several contacts with National Environment Management Authority of Kenya(NEMA) earlier this year. Kenya is known for its strictest ban on plastics in the world. (For those who violate, can be sentenced to up to 4 years in prison, or up to 4,000,000 Kenyan shillings (equivalent to 40,000 USD))
As you can see on NEMA’s official Twitter, as early as April, Pakistan’s Senior Civil Servants visited NEMA and wanted to learn about Kenya’s experience of ban plastic. On May, the Minister of State for Climate Change of Pakistan also visited NEMA and discussed about the plastic bag ban.
After the ban, the problem that most people care about would be: what is the alternative I can use? The instructions currently given by the Pakistani government are not clear – “non-plasitc bags”
However, according to Kenya’s experience, the biggest replacement for plastic bags is a kind of reusable and durable bag – non-woven bags. Among all those reusable and durable bags, non-woven bags have the biggest advantage: low cost, and easy for mass production. That makes non-woven bag possible to satisfy all those shopping bag demands.
But, within one year after the ban, the demanding for this part can’t be met fully. It leaves a big market gap with big potential. If you are interested in this business, it happens that we are experts in this industry. Welcome to contact us.