Bhubaneswar: A complete ban on manufacture, sell, storing, carrying, transportation and circulation of the single-use plastics has come into force from today.
According to a notification issued on Tuesday, vendors will not be allowed to use polythene sheets of less than 50-micron thickness for storing, transporting, dispensing or packaging in urban areas.
Use of polythene carry bags of any shape, thickness and size (excluding compostable), Polyethylene Terephthalate (Pet/Pete) bottles of less than 200 ml capacity has been banned.
Ban has also been imposed on single-use disposable cutleries made up of thermocol (polystyrene), polyurethane and similar products, of plastic such as dish, spoon, cup, plate, glass, fork, bowl, pouch to store liquid and container of any size and shape except for packing and selling of milk and other ancillary milk products and thermocol decorative materials.
The ban, however, excludes any plastic carrying and transporting garbage and containers like cup for milk products including curd and ice-creams, polythene packing materials used in healthcare sector like medicines, blood transportation bags, syringes, sample and specimen bags, resalable bags, medical instruments and accessories, the notification said.
Government Departments have been asked to avoid the use of plastic items in their respective offices and ensure strict compliance of the rule by others in the state.
The Odisha State Pollution Control Board has been asked to close down industries producing plastic products which are not confirming to the stipulations of the Government norms.
There is provision of imposing Rs 1 lakh as fines on violators or send them to jail for five years.
Earlier on Gandhi Jayanti in 2018, the state had imposed a ban on plastic usage in six major cities -Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Berhampur, Rourkela, Sambalpur and Puri.