From January 1, 2025, the import and use of bags made of ethylene polymers up to 15 microns thick will be banned in Tajikistan, NIAT Khovar reports with reference to the Committee for Environmental Protection under the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan.
An exception is bags made of ethylene polymers that do not have handles, used for packaging and packaging of goods that are an integral part of goods sold in the form of rolls for domestic use, as well as from rapidly decomposing polymeric biological materials.
“To implement the relevant resolution, the Ministry of Industry and New Technologies, together with the State Committee for Investments and State Property Management of the Republic of Tajikistan, will take measures to strengthen the production of environmental packaging from cardboard, paper, fabric, ceramics and biodegradable polymeric materials in the republic. The Committee for Environmental Protection under the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan will also take the necessary measures to exempt from 15 percent of payments for environmental pollution and waste disposal of industrial enterprises engaged in the production of environmental bags from cardboard, paper, fabrics, ceramics and biodegradable polymeric materials, and shopping centers that have refused to sell bags of ethylene polymers,” said Naim Neh, Deputy Head of the Department of State Control over the Protection of Land Resources, Common Minerals and Waste Management of the Committee for Environmental Protection of the Republic of Tajikistan matzoda.
When importing packages of ethylene polymers into the territory of Tajikistan, importers will have to submit to the Customs Service under the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan the relevant conclusion of the Agency for Standardization, Metrology, Certification and Trade Inspection under the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan to determine the thickness of the packages.
According to the interlocutor, the ban on plastic bags up to 15 microns thick will not affect the rise in prices, since at the first stage the ban will concern the import and use of bags made of ethylene polymers up to 15 microns thick, the production of which is small.
Today, plastic bags are used everywhere. Most of the products in stores and supermarkets are packed in them, and people also use them in everyday life. Mountains of garbage from plastic bags filled the city. The whole world is drowning in these polyethylene products. It is convenient for people to use plastic bags, but few people think that using these products means destroying our nature.
These, at first glance, such comfortable products are not in vain at risk. The fact is that they are made from polymers that do not decompose in the natural environment, and when burned, they release toxic substances into the atmosphere. It will take at least 400 years for a plastic bag to decompose.