PNG’S MILNE BAY MOVES TO BAN PLASTIC CONTAINERS

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PNG’S MILNE BAY MOVES TO BAN PLASTIC CONTAINERS

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Aug. 12) -
Moves are underway to ban use of plastic bags and polystyrene containers in
Milne Bay Province (MBP).

MBP Governor Timothy Neville revealed this following a
Provincial Executive Council meeting last Friday.

The Bill, which must go before the next provincial assembly
session for approval, will be known as the Provincial Environment (Waste and
Litter) Act.

Following the gazettal, retail outlets throughout Milne Bay will
be given four months to phase out plastic bags and replace them with an
alternative and provide an alternative to the polystyrene currently used in the
distribution of take-away food.

"The intention of the Act is also to require outlets to
provide alternative containers to customers which are re-usable and which are
free or can be purchased cheaply," Mr Neville said.

"Plastic bags have become an environmental problem in many
parts of the world and in particular adversely affect marine environments."

Neville said that burning of plastic bag waste released
dioxin-carcinogenic which was a key cause of birth defects. 

He said plastic bags or polybags did not decompose or dissolve
into soil. This means they do not allow for free flow of water and air through
soil that affects plant growth root functions. He said the use of plastic bags
to hold garbage created many problems to the environment. 

August 13, 2003

Papua New Guinea Post-Courier: www.postcourier.com.pg/ 

 

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