By San Lun, Sittwe:
Starting in April the authority in Sittwe will ban the use of Polythene bags in Sittwe, the capital of Arakan State in western Burma, in order to protect the environment, said an official report.
The report said, "Sittwe municipal authority announced it will ban use of polythene bags in Sittwe starting in April, at a meeting that was held at Sittwe Ottama Garden on 3 March."
The municipal authority announced it will take action against those selling the polythene bags in Sittwe as well as users of the bags, from 1 April, 2010.
"The ban on polythene bags is to save the city of Sittwe from imminent environmental disaster. Residents in Sittwe have used thousands of polythene bags every day. City people are suffering from air pollution and other kinds of environmental hazards," the report said.
According to sources, most residents in Sittwe are welcoming the decision to ban the plastic bags in Sittwe.
A student from Sittwe said, "The polythene is a form of plastic and it is not biodegradable. It will never rot. Because of that the polythene damages the environment and people's health. It is a great decision and we welcome it."
The authority in Arakan State already banned the use of polythene bags in the western border town of Maungdaw on 11 February, 2010.
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