PESHAWAR : A group of businessmen and shopkeepers have challenged a government order which bans plastic shopping bags and other products.
Led by Haji Deedar Khan, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa’s (K-P) shopkeepers and businessmen have filed a writ petition in Peshawar High Court (PHC) against a notification issued by the K-P Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) which not only bans non-biodegradable plastic but also the black oxo-biodegradable plastic products.
The ban also raises the minimum thickness of the oxo-biodegradable plastic products to at least 50 microns. Further, the notification requires that the goods must be marked as ‘Recycled plastic unsafe for contact with food.’
Even though notification was issued back in May, businessmen and whole-sellers believe they cannot shift their business to bio-degradable products.
Mian Muhibullah Kakakhel, while representing the businessmen and shopkeepers who deal in the sale and purchase of oxo-Biodegradable plastic, argued that the rules framed by the KP-EPA were in “violation of fundamental rights.”
Under Section 7, clause …