Bangladesh to ban plastic bags in capital city
13 December 2001, source edie newsroom
From the beginning of January 2002, the Bangladesh government is banning the use of plastic bags in Dhaka, its third attempt to carry out such legislation.
Shahriar is optimistic that the government will be able to ensure that the ban becomes law. “Because we found some significant commitment of the present Environment Minister and his ministry,” he said. “Yesterday, [the] Department of the Environment organised a discussion session. Speaking as chief guest, Minister for Environment and Forest Shahjahan Siraj said the government is determined to stick to its decision to ban use of polythene shopping bags in the Dhaka City and would not consider any appeal from any quarter.”
According to Siraj, the plastic bag situation has taken a serious turn across the country, due to billions of the bags being dumped into rivers and other water bodies, as well as drains, over the years, causing a serious environmental threat.
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