Single-use plastic ban: Single-use plastic items such as plastic bottles, bags, spoons and cups will be banned on October 2.
Plastic pollution in India
Single-use plastic ban: Single-use plastic items including plastic bags, spoons, cups, straws and bottles will be banned with effect from October 2, 2019, on the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary. The Narendra Modi-led Union Government aims to completely eliminate the use of single-use plastic by 2022.
India generates about 9.4 million tonnes of plastic waste each year and with no effective disposal method, the plastic waste ends up the roadsides, in landfills and water bodies. Plastic waste management is a global concern. Globally, around 90 percent of the plastic produced is discarded as waste. So far, more than 60 countries have banned single-use plastic or curbed its use.
Single-use plastic ban from October 2
India is set to impose a nation-wide ban on single-use plastic on October 2, 2019, on the occasion of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. As per reports, six single-use plastic items will be scrapped with effect from the day including plastic bags, straws, cups, plates, small bottles and certain types of sachets.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has set the goal to make India free of single-use plastics by 2022, had appealed to the nation to stop the use of single-use plastic in his speech on India’s Independence Day. The Union Government is expected to launch a nation-wide campaign against single-use plastic in the second week of September.
The single-use plastic ban is expected to cover six single-use plastic items initially including plastic bags, straws, cups, plates, small bottles and certain types of sachets. The ban will cover manufacturing, usage and import of such items. The centre has asked all the Ministries to participate in the campaign. The campaign is a part of the central government’s ongoing Swatch Bharat Mission.
The Union Food and Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan had earlier asked Pepsi, Coco-Cola and other packaged drinks manufacturers to come up with an alternative packaging solution. The Minister had convened a meeting with bottled water manufacturers and various government departments to find a suitable alternative to single-use plastic bottles for selling drinking water to prepare ahead for the single-use plastic ban.
The industry is aiming to produce packaging material that is recyclable with the use of high viscosity polymer. For the packaging of milk, the industry is looking to manufacture milk pouches from polyester filament yarn (PFY). The yarn is recyclable and can be used 45-50 times. The pouches and bags could be sent back by the customers to their milk suppliers.