Recently, the government notified the Rules 2021 amendment on plastic waste management. The government strictly said that the usage of plastic shall be banned by 2022.
In addition, from 30 September 2021, thicknesses from 50 microns to 75 microns will increase. From 31 December 2022, however, the thickness will grow to 120 microns. The re-use of plastic bags is thus possible.
The following plastic shall not be used with effect from 1 July 2022 from distribution, sale, stocking, production, import and utilisation. Polystyrene and expanded polystyrene are also included. In addition, an official of the ministry knows that the expense of collecting under these laws is enormous. Plastic also has a bizarre effect on the environment. Ergo, these rules came into existence.
The official stated that the ban of plastic bags under 75 microns came into effect immediately. The reason being, the manufacturers can use the same machine for producing bags above 50 microns. Though to produce the bags of 120 microns, we already have given enough time to the industry before implementing. Because of the need to install different types of machines to build 120 microns bags.
Here is the list of items that are more likely to get ban from the beginning of next year-
Earbuds with plastic sticks, candy sticks, ice-cream sticks, plastic sticks for balloons, cups, glasses, cutlery such as forks, spoons and knives, straw, trays. This also includes Wrapping films around sweet boxes, invitation cards.
MODI’S PLAN OF PLASTIC BAN SINCE 2018
In June 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a plastic ban statement. He said India will remove all plastics from a single-use in the country by 2022. Despite this, India addressed the issue of pollution spread by the usage of single-use plastics goods during the 4th United Nations Environment Assembly held in 2019.
In conjunction with state pollution organisations, the Central Pollution Control Board will rigorously monitor breaches of the laws. In addition, they will enforce sanctions on anyone who violates the Environmental Protection Act.
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