Afghanistan: 7 tons of plastic are used and discarded daily in Kabul

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Afghanistan’s National Environmental Protection Agency has called on the people of Kabul to take care of the environment. This was reported by Tolo News.

On Tuesday, World Environment Day, employees of the National Agency for Environmental Protection said they were concerned about growing pollution in Kabul.

Agency staff reported that Kabul residents use 4 tons of plastic bags and 3 tons of disposable plates and plastic bottles daily.

According to the Deputy Technical Director of the Agency, Ghulam Muhammad Malikyar, 4.5 million tons of waste were collected in the city recently, and later burned in the Gazak district.

According to Malikyar, if the people of Kabul continue to use so much plastic, there will soon be no places where trees or any other plants can be planted.

“Within the next 3 years we will not have any place to plant seedlings, since many open areas are either mountains of garbage or illegal buildings. This is a crisis,” Malikyar said.

The main themes of this year’s World Environment Day (June 5) were two phrases: “Beat Plastic Pollution” and “If you can’t reuse it, refuse it.”

“13 million tons of plastic are thrown into rivers every year, and this affects the lives of fish,” said Abbas Basir, Head of the Environmental Protection Program in South Asia.

Meanwhile, Kabul’s Governor, Jakub Haidari, said the city had become a “dumpster.”

The Governor also threatened to have the responsible person appear before the General Prosecutor in case they fail to develop a plan aimed at escaping the crisis caused by pollution.

“The office of the Governor of Kabul will appeal to all possible courts and take strict measures against the municipality of Kabul if it does not start to implement a plan to get rid of the pollution,” said Haidari.

Meanwhile, the National Environmental Protection Agency is urging Kabul residents to be responsible, not throw their garbage just anywhere, and take care of the environment.

“We have no choice. We have to give a plastic bag to customers even if they buy small things,” said Abdul Vasi, a store owner in Kabul.

Translated from gumilev-center.af: http://www.gumilev-center.af/archives/10424