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Islamabad shopkeepers ask for alternative after ban on plastic bags

SAMAA | - Posted: Aug 21, 2019 | Last Updated: 8 months ago
Posted: Aug 21, 2019 | Last Updated: 8 months ago
A restaurant in Islamabad was sealed for using polythene bags

A restaurant in Islamabad's Blue Area was fined and sealed for two weeks for using plastic bags. The owner says, "We won't follow the law until an alternative is provided."
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      Uzair  August 22, 2019 3:52 am/ Reply

    Ministry of Climate Change has done an exceptional job. These restaurants are to be taken down on their knees. They have ruined the climate and ample time was already provided to them to get an alternative before 14th of August 2019. Great job Ministry of Climate Change.

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      اصغر علی شاہ  August 22, 2019 7:59 am/ Reply

    عمران خان صاحب سے گزارش ہے وہ پلاسٹک بیگ پر پابندی کے فیصلے پر نظر ثانی فرمائیں. کیونکہ اس فیصلے سے ایک بڑا طبقہ بے روزگار ہوگا جس میں لیبر سب سے متاثر ہوگی اس کے بعد تاجر متاثر ہوگا کیونکہ پورے پاکستان میں تاجروں کا اربوں روپیہ اس کاروبار میں لگا ہوا ہے اس مارکیٹ سے اس رقم کی ریکوری ناممکن ہوگی دوسرے جو اس سے متعلقہ مشینری ہے وہ سکریپ ہو جائے جس کی مالیت بھی اربوں میں ہوگی. اس فیصلے فوری طور پر تاجر بھی ہیرو سے زیرو اور دوسری طرف لیبر بھی بے روزگا ہو جائے گی. جب تک اس متبادل نہ ہو فوری پابندی آپ کی حکومت کے لئے بھی بد نامی کا باعث ہوگی. اس کاروبار سے منسلک لاکھوں لوگ اور ان کی فہملی حکومت کو بد دعا نہیں دے گی تو اور کیا کرے گی.
    محترم آپ نے چومکھی لڑائی شروع کی ہوئی ہے ذرا تسلی سے بردباری حوصلے اور عقلمندی سے مسائی کو دیکھیں اور ایسے غیر مدبرانہ فیصلے نہ لیں.
    میرے خیال کے مطابق اس معاملے میں سب سے بڑی غلطی صفائی کعنے والوں کی ہے جب تک کوڑا اکٹھا کر کے اس کو صحیح طریقے سے تلف نہ کیا جائے تو ت یہ مسائل ایسے ہی رہیں گے.
    اس پابندی کے فیصلے سے تو ایسا معلوم ہوتا ہے کہ بارش یا عام دنوں میں سیوریج بند کر پانی سڑک اور گلیوں میں آجاتا ہے تو کیوں نہ پانی کے استعمال پر پابندی لگا دی جائے.
    پلاسٹک شاپنگ بیگ پر فوری پابندی عائد نہ کی جائے ان کو کم از کم دو سال کا وقت دیا جائے اور اس کا متبادل بھی بتا یا جائے. اس طرح مجھے امید ہے کہ یہ مسئلہ دو سال کی بجائے بیت پہلے حل ہو جائے گا

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      Dr Radia  August 22, 2019 9:19 am/ Reply

    This restaurant was not sealed on the mere reason for using plastic bags. It happened because their staff manhandled and misbehaved with the members of ministry of climate change.
    Media should play a responsible role in this great initiative step.
    Plastic shoppers are a serious hazard not only for the environment but also for the human health.
    It was announced many months ago that this step would be taken so why have they not prepared themselves uptil now.

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      Abid Abbasi  August 22, 2019 9:25 am/ Reply

    Great initiative by the ministry, hopefully they will also take notice of noice pollution by the motorcyclists, public transport vehicles especially suzuki pickups which produce extra noice by installing steel pieces with their stairs. Any vehicle which produce extra noice beyong a set standard must be banned and same should be the law for extra emission by the vehicles. Furthermore, maximum age of the vehicle used for commercial/ taxi businesses should be fixed. Initially for the large cities and at a later stage for sub urban and rural areas.

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      Muhammad Awais Akram  August 22, 2019 10:29 am/ Reply

    Alternatives to the plastic bags are already available in the market. Was it the government who provided them with plastic bags? It is not government’s responsibility to provide them with alternatives. These business owners should ahow some responsibile behaviour. Mega stores like Hyperstar and Metro have been using paper and/or degradable plastic bags for years. People should be encouraged to use cloth bags and/or paper bags, that can be used repeatedly, without causing harm to the environment.

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      A.sajjad  August 22, 2019 11:03 am/ Reply

    I think not only plastic bags but the concerned ministry should look into STRYFOAM use . The fast food outlets should be made if STRYFOAMS BOX OR CUPS ARE FOUND AROUND THEIR OUTLETS. It should be disposed differently.

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      Zaheer  August 22, 2019 1:07 pm/ Reply

    AOA to all we the ppl of pak. 90% ppl violate the law esp the more powerfull person or department but while seeing another we hates. Im not supporting the savour person they shouldn’t bully on official but its one sided picture???. But in practical the problem is every bussiness person place an order of bags in bulk which may be in stock for a year subject to turnover.when you ban with 3,4 month short period notice its billions of loss. The solution is don’t let the factories to import raw and produce and let(advice) them even strict them to replace with recommended bags automatically it’ll be out of mkt.BUT ALAS bureaucracy and customs ppl are always blue eyed of govt. Even savour can afford fines n losse but small general store person who’s not able to pay utility bills hard to run family expense are brutally killed by govt aggressive policies and make them unemployed and criminal ITS TRUE don’t agee read the history of world……Thx for your time and stay blessed may Allah swt make our country an example of wise justice being served.

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      Humayun Aftab  August 22, 2019 1:16 pm/ Reply

    Great initiative. After all as a youngster in the 60’s there were no plastic bags and I don’t remember our parents complaining. The Ministry should also make an effort in educating the public for not littering in public areas and parks like F-9. Plastic bottles should also be banned. Shops owners should be fi Ed if litter is found outside their premises.

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      Miss Haider  August 22, 2019 4:22 pm/ Reply

    The alternate should be provided or introduced specifically for trash or be ready for worst consequences like karachi.
    “Bioplastics made from natural materials such as corn starch. Biodegradable plastics made from traditional petrochemicals, which are engineered to break down more quickly. Eco/recycled plastics, which are simply plastics made from recycled plastic materials rather than raw petrochemicals.”

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      M.Ashraf  August 22, 2019 4:45 pm/ Reply

    Instead of forcing poor masses to discard use of polythene shopping bags, concerned authorities should force shopkeepers to sell goods to consumers in alternate paper or cloth bags.

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      Riaz Ahmed  August 23, 2019 7:13 am/ Reply

    Good initiative takin by the government thanks

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      Anonymous  August 23, 2019 9:32 am/ Reply

    Now read the following text from George Carlin’s famouse standup on environment:

    “We’re so self-important. Everybody’s going to save something now. “Save the trees, save the bees, save the whales, save those snails.” And the greatest arrogance of all: save the planet. Save the planet, we don’t even know how to take care of ourselves yet. I’m tired of this shit. I’m tired of f-ing Earth Day. I’m tired of these self-righteous environmentalists, these white, bourgeois liberals who think the only thing wrong with this country is that there aren’t enough bicycle paths. People trying to make the world safe for Volvos. Besides, environmentalists don’t give a shit about the planet. Not in the abstract they don’t. You know what they’re interested in? A clean place to live. Their own habitat. They’re worried that some day in the future they might be personally inconvenienced. Narrow, unenlightened self-interest doesn’t impress me.

    The planet has been through a lot worse than us. Been through earthquakes, volcanoes, plate tectonics, continental drift, solar flares, sun spots, magnetic storms, the magnetic reversal of the poles … hundreds of thousands of years of bombardment by comets and asteroids and meteors, worldwide floods, tidal waves, worldwide fires, erosion, cosmic rays, recurring ice ages … And we think some plastic bags and some aluminum cans are going to make a difference? The planet isn’t going anywhere. WE are!

    We’re going away. Pack your shit, folks. We’re going away. And we won’t leave much of a trace, either. Maybe a little Styrofoam … The planet’ll be here and we’ll be long gone. Just another failed mutation. Just another closed-end biological mistake. An evolutionary cul-de-sac. The planet’ll shake us off like a bad case of fleas.

    The planet will be here for a long, long, LONG time after we’re gone, and it will heal itself, it will cleanse itself, ’cause that’s what it does. It’s a self-correcting system. The air and the water will recover, the earth will be renewed. And if it’s true that plastic is not degradable, well, the planet will simply incorporate plastic into a new paradigm: the earth plus plastic. The earth doesn’t share our prejudice toward plastic. Plastic came out of the earth. The earth probably sees plastic as just another one of its children. Could be the only reason the earth allowed us to be spawned from it in the first place. It wanted plastic for itself. Didn’t know how to make it. Needed us. Could be the answer to our age-old egocentric philosophical question, “Why are we here?”

    Plastic… crap.

    Save the planet? We don’t even know how to take care of ourselves ; We haven’t learned to take care of one another ..
    They is nothing wrong with the planet, what is wrong is ,
    The people.”

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      Khan  August 23, 2019 4:31 pm/ Reply

    Law of the jungle. Its a decision that was suppose to be taken a long time ago. I dont have a problem with the law. I have a problem with the law being unfair and impartial. We have stopped using plastic bags, but our neigbours, just because the owner is an SP and his father is a Judge, they continue to use plastic bags and have no regard for the recently implemeted ban. Iv seen too many a times, that in, Pakistan, whoever holds some kind of government office, is immune to law and can do whatever they want. Only the common man takes the brunt and gets punished. Pathetic.

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      Qasim  August 27, 2019 11:42 am/ Reply

    Government should not play with plastic bags labours and plastic bussiness. Here are much dangerouse things from plastic bags like smoke etc that direct effect in our people. Just allow smoke with tital smoke can cause cancer.

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