Come January 2022, India to impose ban on single-use plastic items
To get rid of single-use plastic in the country, the Environment Ministry is all set to ban items like candy sticks, ice-cream sticks and others from January 2022. The decision comes following the draft notification issued in March 2021 for the amendment of plastic waste management rules of 2016.
In a major step, the country will see the implementation of ban on single-use plastic items like candy sticks, ice-cream sticks, plastic sticks for balloons, earbuds with plastic sticks, plastic cups, straws and other items from January 2022.
This was informed by Ashwini Choubey, Minister of State for Environment in the Parliament on Friday. The Minister contended that as per rules of Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016 and earlier notification in March in this regard, the Ministry would ban the manufacture, import, stocking, distribution, and sale of single-use plastic items from next year.
As per reports, by September this year, the government will also come up with a ban on plastic carry bags that are less than 120 microns. In response to a question on what measures were taken to ensure better implementation of these rules to identify the items and ban single-use plastic items, the Minister added that all the States and Union Territories have been given standing instructions to form a special task force which will be headed by Chief Secretary and Administrator.
The Minister further opined that to implement these rules a comprehensive development plan is needed and appealed to all the State governments, Union Territories, concerned department officials and central ministers to come up with a plan and also generate awareness in this regard.
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