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Govt To Ban Single-Use Plastic Items From July 1 Next Year

Govt To Ban Single-Use Plastic Items From July 1 Next Year

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According to the notification, the weight of non-woven plastic bags will not be less than 60 grams per square meter from 30 September 2021.

“With effect from July 1, 2022, there will be a ban on the production, import, storage, distribution, sale and use of single-use plastics including polystyrene and flexible polystyrene,” the notification said. Ear buds with plastic sticks, plastic balloon sticks, plastic flags, lollipops and ice cream sticks, polystyrene used in decoration (thermocol), plates, cups, glasses, cutlery such as forks, knives, spoons, knives, Plastic used in sweets boxes, plastic or PVC banners of less than 100 microns thick, etc. will be banned.

The notification said that these provisions would not apply to articles made of perishable plastic. It is noteworthy that in June 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced that India would not use single-use plastic from the year 2022.

In the United Nations Environment Assembly held in the year 2019, India had led the resolution which talked about tackling pollution caused by single-use plastic products. It acknowledged that the world community needed immediate attention to this issue.

The environment ministry said in a statement that the plastic waste outside the purview of phased-removal, identified single-use plastics, will be collected and disposed of in accordance with the expanded producer responsibility by the manufacturer, importer and brand owners under the Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016. Environment friendly management should be done. The guidelines were created for effective enforcement of detailed producer accountability and these amended rules have given them legal power. It will be the responsibility of the producer to dispose of its unusable plastic waste.

The central government had earlier asked states and union territories to constitute a task force under the leadership of chief secretary or administrator to eliminate single-use plastic and effectively implement the Plastic Waste Management Rules.

In the reply given in Parliament, Minister of State for Environment Ashwani Choubey said that till July 23, 14 states and union territories had constituted task forces. The Environment Ministry has also constituted a task force at the national level to coordinate its instructions.

(Except for the headline, this news has not been edited by the NayaTez team, it has been published directly from the Syndicate feed.)

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