BILL TO BAN PLASTICS IN PORT MORESBY SOON

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By Timothy Kwara

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (September 14, 1999 – The National)---The National Capital District soon will have legislation in place to ban plastics in the city.

This was announced by NCDC (National Capital District Commission) Deputy City Administrator Justin Tkatchenko during a meeting held last week in preparation for International Coastal Clean-Up Day.

"All plastics will be banned and there will be alternatives sought," Mr. Tkatchenko said.

He said that the commission had already drafted the bill in a bid to address the environmental problems caused by plastics.

Mr. Tkatchenko told the meeting that NCDC was holding discussions with its sister city, Pusan, in South Korea, to introduce biodegradable plastics in the city.

He hinted that the legislation when approved will affect the sale and distribution of plastics.

The idea is to make NCD a plastic-free city and to solve the problem of environmental contamination.

Voicing his concern over plastics, Mr. Tkatchenko highlighted the need for building a factory for producing biodegradable plastics.

According to Mr. Tkatchenko the biodegradable plastics will disintegrate within a week and will help reduce littering.

Meanwhile, NCDC manager Jamie Maxtone-Graham wants all supermarkets to buy used plastics.

The NCDC has already approached certain shops to discuss the idea and set a price for recycled plastics.

A similar approach initiated in Madang has proved popular and at the same time helped unemployed people earn an income.

Furthermore, it has helped the town authorities with their clean-up campaign.

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