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Global Plastics Policy Centre (2022) March A., Salam, S., Evans, T., Hilton, J., Fletcher, S. (editors). Global Plastics Policy Review. Revolution Plastics, University of Portsmouth.

Sindh (Pakistan) Prohibition of Manufacture, Sale, and Use of Polythene Bags Act,  Sindh Act No. XV of 2006

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This policy is a prohibition of the manufacture, sale and use of black polythene bags including PET bags below 30 micron thickness specific to the Sindh Province. The ban was unsuccessful and fell through due to a lack of enforcement, alternatives, and awareness.

After 2006, the Sindh government attempted to ban bags again in 2009 and in 2014; these efforts were also undermined for the same reasons. However, this ban has since inspired a number of advanced policies in neighbouring provinces and, more recently, a nationwide bag ban was adopted in 2019.

Seeking to become a regional environmental leader, Pakistan is the latest member nation to officially join forces with the Global Plastic Action Partnership (GPAP). 

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