Lahore High Court on Thursday issued written order on plastic bag ban. Justice Shahid Karim issued written order on plea of Haroon Farooq.

Court in its written order has directed that all big departmental stores and wholesalers of Punjab to stop using plastic bags in first phase and make alternative arrangements in two weeks.

LHC has also directed Environmental Protection department to inform all big stores about court’s order and submit implementation report. Court also ordered to display its order at visible places in stores to inform consumers. All big departmental stores can only use biodegradable bags, according to the verdict.

On the other hand, Environmental Protection department in a report, declared plastic bags as a cause of environmental pollution and recommended a ban on them but sought some time to find alternatives.