Use of polythene still in vogue defying govt ban

Dhaka,  Monday,   2016-09-17
Published : 17 Sep 2016, 20:24:15

Use of polythene still in vogue defying govt ban

Our Correspondent

NILPHAMARI, Sept 8: Marketing and use of banned polythene bags is still going on in the district posing threat to environment and cleanliness.

Sources said the practice is yet going on although government banned production, marketing and use of polybags on June 2, 2002.

Sources said there is a provision for taking legal action against production and use of such bags in the country.

Polythene bags still flooded the markets in the district. It is being used in each and every shop in every market place, street hawker and vendors are also using the bags very extensively.

Sources said there is no monitoring by the authority concerned and thus the use of it increasing day by day. Used polythene bags are to be found everywhere such as in homesteads, in playgrounds, in roads, in school and college ground, in markets and so on.

Polythene bags are even found in farmland that reduces land fertility. It creates waterlogging by obstructing drain water; it pollutes water in ponds, rivers and canals.

Abu Alam, a grocery shopkeeper of Nilphamari Municipality markets, said such polybags are cheaper than those of biodegradable jute bags and the buyers get polythene bags containing any commodity free of cost.
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