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Ban on import of plastic bags suggested

Ban on import of plastic bags suggested

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Feb 23, 2011 - 18:28

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): A government committee set up to assess hazardous effects of plastic bags on the human healthinfo-icon suggested on Wednesday a ban on their imports and high taxes on their sale.

The committee, which is comprised of health experts, has been studying effects of plastic bags.

"Materials used in making plastic bags include hazardous chemicals like polycarbonate, polystyrene, polyortan and tetrafluoride, which cause cancer, asthma, miscarriages and abnormal births," said the head of the committee.

Dr. Bashir Noormal, also director of the National Health Institute at the Ministry of Public Health, told Pajhwok Afghan News the committee members had agreed to propose a ban on imports of plastic bags.

He said their suggestions could result in a decrease in the import of bags, the main cause of environmental pollution in Kabul. The committee also recommended that importers buy bags made of paper, cloth and cotton.

The committee will share its views with the presidential advisor on health and public health ministry officials at a meeting next week, Noormal said.

About 500,000 plastic bags are used in Kabul on a daily basis.

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