The ban on Single-Use Plastics (SUP) by the Centre to decrease plastic waste went into force from July 1 in India. Single-use plastics are often non-recyclable goods that are thrown after a single usage.
These types of plastics are frequently discarded improperly and cannot be recycled. Since disposable plastics are derived from petroleum, it is difficult to recycle them. Additionally, there is a limited number of things for which recycled plastic may be used.
India ranks in the top 100 nations for production of single-use plastic trash and must take immediate action to transition to ecologically sustainable products and services and develop technologies for more effective plastic recycling. Here are the most recent developments about the ban on single-use plastics.
Single-Use Plastic Items Banned From July 1
- Balloon sticks
- Cigarette packs
- Cutlery items including plates, cups, glasses, forks, spoons, knives, trays
- Earbuds with plastic sticks
- Sweet boxes
- Candy and ice cream sticks
- Invitation cards
- Polystyrene for decoration
- PVC banners measuring under 100 microns
- Plastic flags
- Packaging film
How does the government implement the ban:
A control room at the national level has been established for the efficient execution of the prohibition. They will examine unlawful SUP production, importation, stockpiling, distribution, sale, and usage.
States and Union Territories have been tasked with establishing border checkpoints to prevent the interstate movement of banned single-use plastic items, as well as engaging in comprehensive awareness activities, such as social media campaigns and interactive meetings with industries, colleges, schools, and other institutions.
The Central Pollution Control Board’s App for Redressing Complaints has been released to enable citizens to combat the plastic issue. Directives have been given to e-commerce firms, prompting users of SUP and manufacturers of plastic raw materials to phase out such products.