Haryana Pollution Board to halt manufacture of plastic bags

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Chandigarh, Jan 8 (UNI) The Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB) has called for an immediate halt to the manufacture of plastic carry bags having thickness less than 30 microns and size less than 8'' x 12'' in the state from February 8.

A notice in this context has been issued by the Board to all the manufacturers of plastic carry bags. The Board has warned that action would be taken against those who fail to abide by the orders as per provisions of the Environment Protection Act.

While stating this here today, a spokesman of the Board said the State Government had banned the manufacture of plastic carry bags of thickness less than 30 microns and size less than 8'' x 12'' in the state.

The State Government had also decided to impose a complete ban on use of plastic carry bags in the areas having special historical, religious and ecological significance and on use of all types of plastic articles such as carry bags irrespective of thickness and size, plates, cups, tumblers, spoons, forks and straw. These areas included municipal limits of Thanesar town and Kurukshetra town, all wildlife sanctuaries and national parks and Gram Panchayat, Morni.

He said while convenience of using these bags was recognised, their detrimental effect on the environment and local ecology had not been properly appreciated.

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