India to ban single-use plastic items from July 1

India will ban the manufacture, import, storage, distribution, sale and use of identified single-use plastic (SUP) items, which have low utility and high litter potential, in all the country from July 1, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change said.

Identified SUP elements include:

  • headphones with plastic rods
  • plastic sticks for balloons, plastic flags, candy sticks, ice cream sticks
  • polystyrene (Thermocol) for decoration
  • plastic plates, cups, glasses, cutlery such as forks, spoons, knives, straw, trays
  • wrapping or wrapping films around candy boxes, invitation cards, cigarette packs
  • plastic or PVC banners under 100 microns
  • stirrers
  • In view of the proposed ban, the Association of Thermoformers and Allied Industries (TAIA) had urged the government not to impose a blanket ban on single-use plastics and instead to do so in a phased manner. Plastic plates, cups, glasses and trays are made from single use plastic and imposing a ban will stop the manufacture of these products and kill the Rs 10,000 crore industry which employs 2 lakh directly and 4 .5 lakh indirectly, he said.

    The government has suggested using biodegradable plastics instead of single-use plastics.

    Single-use plastics have been banned by state governments including Karnataka, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and partially Himachal Pradesh.

    With PTI entries

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