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Delhi to close all units dealing in single-use plastic items from July 1

The identified SUP items include earbuds, plastic sticks for balloons, flags, candy sticks, ice-cream sticks, polystyrene (thermocol), plates, cups, glasses, forks, spoons, knives, straws, trays, wrapping or packaging films around sweets boxes, invitation cards, cigarette packets, plastic or PVC banners less than 100 micron, and stirrers

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The Delhi Environment Department has planned to publicise a campaign to ensure compliance with the ban on 19 identified single-use plastic (SUP) items starting July 1. PTI reported that the Delhi Environment Department will close down all manufacturers, suppliers, stockists, dealers and sellers found violating the orders, according to officials.

The identified SUP items include earbuds, plastic sticks for balloons, flags, candy sticks, ice-cream sticks, polystyrene (thermocol), plates, cups, glasses, forks, spoons, knives, straws, trays, wrapping or packaging films around sweets boxes, invitation cards, cigarette packets, plastic or PVC banners less than 100 micron, and stirrers.

Regular checks will be conducted to ensure compliance by manufacturers, brand owners, suppliers, and stockists registered with the Delhi Pollution Control Committee

“We have issued strict directions to manufacturers, stockists, suppliers and distributors of single-use plastic items to ensure zero inventory of the 19 SUP items. Within the first week of July, those who do not maintain a zero inventory will be shut down,” a senior government was quoted saying to PTI.

Regular checks will be conducted to ensure compliance by manufacturers, brand owners, suppliers, and stockists registered with the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC), the official said. He emphasized that the government would ensure strict enforcement.

The DPCC has asked the Sriram Institute of Industrial Research to conduct a survey to identify littering hotspots and quantify plastic waste generation in the city as it inches close to the June 30 deadline for phasing out of 19 SUP items. The survey will cover all 11 districts in Delhi and will have to be completed within four months, an official said.

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Roma Ghosh
Roma Ghosh has recently retired as Associate Professor for Media Studies from an international university. She was with the Times of India as a correspondent for many years. Her passion is cooking and she has been doing recipes and photo shoots for Women's Era for the last 15-odd years.

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