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Notice to manufacturers of plastic carry bags

Special Correspondent

CHANDIGARH: The Haryana State Pollution Control Board has issued notices to all the manufacturers of plastic carry bags to stop the manufacture of plastic carry bags having thickness less than 30 microns and size less than 8”x12” in the State from February 8 failing which action would be taken under the Environment Protection Act, 1986.

Complete ban

An official spokesman said here on Tuesday that the State Government had banned the manufacture of plastic carry bags of thickness less than 30 microns and size less than 8”x12”.

It 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 straws. These areas included municipal limits of Thanesar town and Kurukshetra town, all wildlife sanctuaries and national parks and the Gram Panchayat of Morni.

The spokesman disclosed that the manufacturers of plastic carry bags have been asked to start manufacturing plastic carry bags of minimum 30 microns and size 8”x12” within a month’s time.