The second most populous country in the world has banned a variety of single-use plastics, such as cutlery, plates and thin bags, as of July 2022.
The Indian rule states: The manufacture, import, storage, distribution, sale and use of (the) following single-use plastic products, including polystyrene and expanded polystyrene, will be prohibited as of July 1, 2022:
… “Ears (swabs) with plastic sticks, plastic balloon sticks, plastic flags, candy sticks, ice cream sticks, polystyrene (thermocol) for decoration; plates, cups, glasses, silverware such as forks, spoons, knives, straws, trays; wrap or pack film around candy boxes, invitation cards and cigarette packs, plastic or PVC banners less than 100 microns, stirrers ”.
The provisions will not apply to products made from compostable plastic.
Furthermore, it will be the responsibility of the manufacturer, importer and / or brand owner to dispose of any other plastic that is deemed to be no longer useful to consumers.
The Environment Ministry has also established a nationwide task force to seek the elimination of more single-use plastics and is working with 14 states to responsibly recycle plastic packaging that is recyclable, such as water bottles.
Learn more in India Today. (Presented Photo by Snemann, CC license)
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