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Centre announces manufacture, sale & use of single-use plastic items banned from July 1, 2022

According to the latest notification, the thickness of plastic carry bags has been raised from 50 to 75 millimetres as of September 30, 2021, and to 120 microns as of December 31, 2022.

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New Delhi, First Published Aug 13, 2021, 5:23 PM IST
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In a bid to make India free of single-use plastic by 2022, the government stated on Friday that the production, sale, and use of all single-use plastic goods like as cups, plates, and straws will be prohibited beginning July 1, 2022.

According to the Ministry of Environment, pollution produced by single-use plastic products has become a major environmental problem for all countries. India is committed to taking measures to reduce pollution caused by littered Single-Use Plastics. Pollution from single-use plastic products has emerged as a major environmental issue affecting all countries. 

According to the latest notification, the thickness of plastic carry bags has been raised from 50 to 75 millimetres as of September 30, 2021, and to 120 microns as of December 31, 2022.

The list of prohibited items include earbuds with plastic sticks, plastic sticks for balloons, plastic flags, candy sticks, ice-cream sticks, polystyrene for decoration; plates, cups, glasses, cutlery such as forks, spoons, knives, straw, trays; wrapping or packing films around sweet boxes, invitation cards, and cigarette packets, stirrers.

The Environment Ministry stated in a statement that plastic packaging waste that is not covered by the phase-out of identified single-use plastic items should be collected and managed in an environmentally sustainable manner through the Extended Producer Responsibility of the producer, importer, and brand owner (PIBO) as per the Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016.

India is determined to reduce pollution caused by littered single-use plastics. The Swachh Bharat Mission is helping to improve waste management infrastructure in states and union territories.

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