Leading News Resource of Pakistan – Unabated use of plastic bags in Islamabad – PakistanPosted on May 20, 2013 by DrRossH in Plastic Limiting Regulations
Despite a ban on production, selling and usage of plastic bags due to the harmful effect on environment, they are being used in the federal capital.
The shopkeepers are seen handing over their goods to the customers in these bags as they were doing before the ban, which shows that the supply of these bags to the shopkeepers continues.
This seems to be a common theme in lesser developed countries. A limiting law or a ban is passed, but with out the ability (or will) to enforce it, not much really changes.
While it is good that they recognise the plastic bag problem and taking active steps to reduce it, their selection of oxo-degradable bags is very questionable. Oxo bags will fragment (via an internal chemical cleaving reaction brought about by the addition of the additive) into little bits of plastic that is actually worse for the environment. Plus once they are buried in a landfill, the lack of oxygen there stops the reaction fom occuring (as stated on the oxo manufacturers websites) and the bags sit around for a long long time like a conventional bag. So nothing really achieved.