Islamabad - The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has decided to introduce biodegradable bags for household garbage collection in Islamabad, said CDA officials yesterday.

Initially, as pilot project, the authority will distribute free of cost biodegradable bags in sector G-7 for collection of household waste, which would be later replicated in the entire city. Private sector is also being approached for successful execution of the project. This was informed during a meeting held to review the progress of civic management wing here at CDA headquarters. The meeting was chaired by Chairman CDA Maroof Afzal while senior officers of the Authority also attended the meeting.

The meeting was briefed that the initiative is being taken to discourage and reduce the use of plastic in Islamabad which is main cause of environmental pollution. The meeting was informed that Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has also been taken on board to seek technical assistance in this project. The meeting was further briefed that benefits of biodegradable plastic are immeasurable, because it decomposes, even, when exposed to the natural environment.

Furthermore, the waste from the decomposed biodegradable plastic does not harm the environment but are reused in various ways due to its organic nature. The meeting was also informed that biodegradable plastic bags are being used in most of the advanced countries.

The chairman CDA was briefed that as a pilot project, 15 biodegradable plastic bags with capacity of 10 kg, per month, will be distributed among each house of sector G-7. He was informed that residents have been asked to pack house hold garbage in these bags, which will later on disposed off scientifically after its mechanical collection from the sector. He was briefed that different cellular and multinational companies have also been contacted to achieve maximum results from the project.

Chairman CDA Maroof Afzal said that Authority is committed to make Islamabad more clean and green, and introduction of biodegradable plastic bags will help reduce environmental pollution in the city which will eventually help provide healthier environment to the residents of federal capital. He directed the environment wing to carry out an awareness campaign in this regard, so that desired results could be achieved from this project. He directed the environment wing to explore more avenues to make Islamabad the most beautiful city of the world.