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Last day for single-use plastics is June 30

The ban order states that the production, import, stocking, distribution, sale, and use of certain single-use plastic items that have a low utility and a high potential for littering will be banned from July 1

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India has enforced a ban on the use of single use plastics from July 1. This has been done to prevent its harmful effects on the environment and in pursuance of the country’s global climate goals. The ban order states that the production, import, stocking, distribution, sale, and use of certain single-use plastic items that have a low utility and a high potential for littering will be banned from July 1.

The order saw the Thermoformers and Allied Industries Association (TAIA) urging the government not to impose a blanket ban. The association requested the government to instead go for a phased manner. Globally, single-use plastic waste has a negative influence on marine environments as well as terrestrial ecosystems. Single-use plastics-related pollution has emerged as a significant environmental issue that affects all nations.

Plastic carry bags with a thickness of less than 75 microns cannot be manufactured, imported, stocked, distributed, sold, and used, according to the Plastic Waste Management Amendment Rules, 2021

The items that face the ban are plastic stirrers, plastic plates, plastic cups, plastic glasses, plastic cutlery like forks, spoons, and knives, plastic trays, wrapping or packing films around candy boxes, balloon sticks made of plastic, flags made of plastic, candy sticks, ice-cream sticks, and polystyrene (Thermocol) for decorations.

The ministry announcement also stated that control rooms at the national and state levels had to be established to monitor the unauthorized production, import, stocking, distribution, sale, and use of items made of single-use plastic that have been forbidden.

Plastic carry bags with a thickness of less than 75 microns cannot be manufactured, imported, stocked, distributed, sold, and used, according to the Plastic Waste Management Amendment Rules, 2021. Plastic carry bags with a thickness of less than 120 microns have been banned as of December 31, 2022.

A CPCB Grievance Redressal App has been launched to empower citizens to help curb the plastic menace.

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Gyanendra
(Gyanendra has been teaching and writing for the last 15 years. His passion for teaching keeps him engaged. He keeps a keen interest in Sports and Current Affairs.)

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