Ban on use, sale and purchase of plastic bags in Kamrup

The Kamrup district administration has prohibited the use, sale and purchase of all kinds of recycled and virgin plastic carry bags with immediate effect across the district.

Deputy commissioner of Kamrup, Kailash Karthik N issued the order on June 30, prohibiting the use and sale of plastic carry bags.

A note from the district authorities said that the decision was taken as “plastics are injurious to public health and causing serious environmental hazards affecting both human and animals”.

The order will remain in force for 60 days or until further order across the Kamrup district. Violation of the order shall be punishable under provision of Section 188 IPC.

However, certain exemptions were also provided. It includes plastic carry bags manufactured exclusively for export purpose against any export order in a plastic industry located in Special Economic Zone (SEZ) and Export Oriented Units (EOU). The order also stated that plastic bags/multilayered films/sheet (excluding carry bags) which constitute or form an integral part of packaging in which goods are sealed prior to use at manufacturing/processing units will be allowed.

Also, the plastic bags and sheets used in forestry and horticulture nurseries against the orders from the government departments or from the firms concerned, and plastic bags used for packaging of medicine will be allowed.

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