Chief Secretary presides review meeting on prohibition on non-degradable plastic product

Karachi, June 22, 2015 (PPI-OT): Chief Secretary Sindh Muhammad Siddique Memon has called upon the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Sindh to submit a report over the implementation on promulgation of Sindh Environmental Protection (SEP) Act 2014, linked with the section 14(3) which specifies that “No person shall import, manufacture, stockpile trade, supply, distribute or sell any scheduled plastic product which is non-degradable. The scheduled plastic products must be oxo-bio degradable and the pro-degrading used must be approved by the agency or any other department or agency and in such manner as prescribed”.

A review meeting chaired by the Chief Secretary held on Monday, attended by the representatives of Pakistan Business Council (PBC) Chief Executive Kamran Mirza, Company Secretary Mustafa Zubair, Coordinator Javed Malik, Secretary I and C Syed Tariq Mahmood Jaffary, Director General EPA Sindh Nasir A. Mughal and Secretary Forest and Environment Sajjad Abbasi, reviewed the progress. It was informed that over 100 companies working in fertilizer, hotel, beverage, food, textile and manufacturing have given-up use / business of plastic products.

The PBC representative assured that it could completely be abandoned shortly. It was decided that EPA Sindh and PBC would held joint meetings, monthly to complete the task within the current year. The Chief Secretary noted that implementation of the law is a must, thus expeditious action should be accorded to eradicate the apprehensions of the issue, under reference.

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