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Sale of single use plastics to be banned in India

28/06/2022 at 3:53 PM

New Delhi, June 28: Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has notified that the Indian government will ban the sale of identified single use plastic (SUP) items across the country from 1 July.

“India will ban manufacture, import, stocking, distribution, sale and use of identified single use plastic items, which have low utility and high littering potential, all across the country from July 1, 2022,” it said in a statement dated June 28.

“Single-use plastic are those items that are used only once and discarded. The adverse impacts of littered single use plastic items plastic on both terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, including in the marine environments are globally recognized. Addressing pollution due to single use plastic items has become an important environmental challenge confronting all countries,” the statement added.

The ministry notification also said that for the effective enforcement of the ban on identified SUP items, national and State level control rooms are to be set up for checking the illegal manufacture, import, stocking, distribution, sale and use of banned single use plastic items.

The Plastic Waste Management Amendment Rules, 2021, have already prohibited the manufacture, import, stocking, distribution, sale and use of plastic carry bags having a thickness less than seventy-five microns. Plastic carry bags having thickness less than thickness of one hundred and twenty microns will be prohibited with effect from the 31st December 2022.

Earlier on Monday, Thermoformers and Allied Industries Association (TAIA) had urged the government not to impose a blanket ban on single-use plastics from July 1 and instead do it in a phased manner.

Earbuds with plastic sticks, plastic sticks for balloons, plastic flags, candy sticks, ice-cream sticks, polystyrene (Thermocol) for decoration, plastic plates, plastic cups, plastic glasses, plastic cutlery such as forks, spoons, knives, straw, trays, wrapping or packing films around sweet boxes, invitation cards, cigarette packets, plastic or PVC banners less than 100 microns, stirrers are the products that are included under the single use plastic items.

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