NGO demands lifting of ban on plastic bags in Delhi

February 25th, 2009 - 7:07 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Feb 25 (IANS) With the Delhi government imposing a ban on plastic bags in the capital, an NGO Wednesday demanded lifting of the ban and launched an awareness campaign to highlight the benefits of plastic.
Plastic Bag Awareness Forum launched a campaign to create awareness among the users that plastic bags are not harmful. Also, a series of radio jingles and TV commercials have been shot.

“It is a common misconception that the use of paper bags will help in sustainability of the environment and the society. We need to remind ourselves that paper is a byproduct of wood pulp and is a forestry product. The large scale production of paper will lead to deforestation,” convener of the NGO Rajesh Mittal said.

Delhi government ordered a complete ban on the use, sale and storage of all kinds of plastic bags Jan 7.

“There are a lot of misconceptions about the use of plastics and no product can replace plastic in the near future. We want the Delhi government to withdraw the ban as it is affecting the plastic industry,” he said.

The All India Plastic Industry Association (AIPA) also filed a plea in a Delhi court for withdrawal of ban on plastic carry bags in the capital. The Delhi government has been asked to file its response by Mar 19.

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