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Plastic free valley in New Year

Monday, March 23rd, 2015
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The government is all set to declare Kathmandu Valley a plastic-bag free area from the Nepali New Year, which falls on April 14.

Recently Prime Minister Sushil Koirala who is also the Minister of Science, Technology and Environment, signed the documents to implement the ban. The notice will be officially published in the Nepal Gazette soon.

Mahendra Man Gurung, chief of Department of Environment says, “We are preparing to implement the decision and the notice will be published within a few days. We are giving the citizens the gift of good health for the New Year.”  According to the Ministry, bags made of paper, cloth and jute will be brought into practice after the ban.

The Ministry is planning to completely ban the use, production and sale of plastic bags in the Kathmandu valley.  The government had previously banned the use and sale of plastic below 30 microns throughout the country.

Entrepreneurs are concerned with industries losing billions and thousands of employees losing their jobs with the ban, and are urging the government to rethink their decision.

According to Gurung, the Ministry is planning to compensate industries that only make plastic bags.

Despite protests from entrepreneurs the government is determined to enforce the ban. Suraj Kumar Pokharel, Director General of Department of Environment says, “Anyone found not complying with the ban will be penalized.”

Plastic poses a huge problem to the environment as they do not decompose and accumulate over time. The Ministry has stated environment pollution, blockage of sewage, harm to animals and birds, and reduction in fertility of the land as the reasons for imposing the ban.

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One Response to “Plastic free valley in New Year”

  1. namah on Says:

    what about water tanks – are those plastic based?

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