Plastic ban embraced in NCD

The government has extended three more months for plastic stocks to be used up upon which the long-awaited ban on single use plastic bags, however major shops in the city are already issuing boxes, paper and biodegradable bags to their customers.

That means the total ban will be effective after January 31, 2019. In a paid advertisement, the Minister for Environment, Conservation and Climate Change Geoffrey Kama said the government, through the Conservation and Environment Protection Authority (CEPA), has made effective the ban on importation of single use plastic bags as of November 1st, 2019.

Visits conducted by our reporters to certain major shops show that they have already embraced it. They include Tango, Street Scene, Brian Bell, J-Mart and RH Hypermart.

This reception comes amidst regulatory and compliance concerns which have been raised by Manufacturers Council of PNG on the part of the government. However, NCD Governor Powes Parkop, an advocate of environment conservation and protection, welcomes the ban. Last year, Mr Parkop signed on a petition to show the city’s commitment to say no to the use of plastic bags. His ‘One Million Trees’ initiative has been complemented by the ban. Plastic bags and products, he said, are a huge problem for the world as well as the city. He is calling on city residents to bring their own bags from home to shops for shopping

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