Littered waste in Chamchamal district, Sulaimani, April 17,2021. Photos by Zhyan News Netwoprk.
SULAIMANI – An independent environmental organization on Sunday (April 18) submitted two draft bills to the lawmakers at the Kurdistan Parliament’s Sulaimani branch in order to be submitted to the Kurdistan Parliament’s presidency for consideration.
Co-chair of the Nature Organization Kurdistan (NOK) Sarwar Qaradaghi said at a news conference that the draft bills are to slam taxes on locally-produced plastic materials and imports in the Kurdistan Region.
“7,000 tons of waste is discarded on a daily basis, in which 35 percent of it is plastic,” Qaradaghi said. “Our aim in the project is to restrict the plastic materials and pollution of the environment from the plastic wastes, as wells as it is to preserve life and health of the human and living beings from the plastic wastes.”
The bills concern 100 percent levies for plastic imports and 75 percent for plastic materials produced domestically, he said. “The project talks about the prohibition of all kinds of nylon bags in the bakeries. Instead, calico sacks should be used instead and the plastic materials should be banned in the restaurants and cafeterias and glass materials should be used as substitutes.”
The bills also install penalties for violators materially or an imprisonment not more than a year, in addition to fines not more than ten million.
On Kurdistan Environment Day on April 16, Qaradaghi said that the causes for environment pollution is “the lack of recycling companies, the increase of the number of vehicles, the mixing of the sewage with the public water supply, and the lack of potable water in some places that are a hazardous alarm.”
Littering is a serious issue in the Kurdistan Region and the environmentalists and officials have warned of piles of waters at resorts that can be carried into the water resources by precipitation, which is used for consuming, irrigation and fish farming.