ISLAMABAD, Jul 31 (APP):Minister of State for Climate Change Zartaj Gul Wednesday said polythene bags would be banned in the federal capital from August 14 and the day would be observed as “Plastic Bags Se Azadi”.

She was addressing the awareness campaign ceremony “Plastic Bags Se Azadi” (Free from Plastic Bags) arranged at National Highway Authority (NHA) head office here, a press release said.

She said 55 billion plastic bags were being used annually in the country that amounts to consumption of 275 bags, per person per year.