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International Airlines Directed To Stop Use Of Plastic On Flights To Pakistan

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International airlines have been directed by the Aviation Division to stop the use of plastic cutlery on their flights to Pakistan.

Through the order, 18 airlines have been asked to stop in-flight use of plastic or polythene bags and have been told instead to pack their cutlery in paper.

A report in Dawn cited the Aviation Division Senior Joint Secretary Amjad Sattar Khokhar as saying that they had given orders to airlines to stop the use of plastic cutlery as they wanted to put a stop to the use of plastic.

He added that standees with messages pertaining to a ban on plastic have been placed at airports so that passengers from abroad are made aware of the policy regarding plastic bags in Pakistan.

Moreover, Advisor to the Prime Minister on Climate Change appreciated the move of placing messages at airports.

Amjad Sattar Khokar also informed media that airlines had been given a written order a few months back and reminders were also sent to make sure they complied with the order.

He also stated that they were concerned about climate change, which is why they had planted around 50,000 saplings in airports.

In June, according to a new regulation under the Environmental Protection Act 1997, a ban on polythene bags was imposed in the federal capital.

Other provinces have followed in the footsteps of the federal capital and Sindh province last week decided to put a ban on the manufacturing, sales, purchase and use of non-degradable plastic bags.

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