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5 tons banned polyethene seized in Chittagong

  • Published at 02:25 pm November 19th, 2020

Three warehouses, three shops were also sealed off

The Department of Environment (DoE) in Chittagong has sealed off three warehouses and three shops after conducting a drive in the city’s Reazuddin Bazar.

Tipped off, a team led by DoE Director (Chittagong Metro) Mohammad Nurullah Noori conducted the drive and seized around five tons of banned polythene from the businesses on Thursday.

Speaking to Dhaka Tribune, DoE Deputy Director Mia Mahmudul Hoque said that the businesses had been sealed off and three people were summoned to a hearing, which will be held at DoE Chittagong Metro Office on November 24.  

It may be mentioned that polythene shopping bags were introduced in the country in the 1980s and quickly replaced conventional jute bags.

Considering the serious environmental hazards posed by polythene, the government banned the manufacture, marketing and use of polythene shopping bags in the capital effective from January 1, 2002, followed by a countrywide ban from March 31 of the same year. 

However, an exception to the ban was made for packaging of 14 items. They included biscuits, chanachur, bread, salt, vermicelli, medicines, flour, naphthalene, fertiliser, chocolate and milk powder.

In January 2010, the Department of Environment (DoE) allowed the use of polythene under certain conditions -- to transport fish fries, preserve mushrooms and packaging of food items.

The fine for using poly bags for other purposes except for export is Tk 500.

The maximum penalty under the Environment Conservation Act, 1995, for manufacturing and marketing polythene shopping bags is 10 years' rigorous imprisonment, or a maximum fine of Tk 10 lakh, or both. 

Only the environment court has the authority to sentence anyone for the offences.

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