Single-use plastic items will not be allowed from July 1 onwards in India. Earlier in the year, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) informed producers, street vendors, shopkeepers and also the general public regarding the ban on all such items that the central government considers single-use plastic.
These banned plastic items include decorative thermocol, cups, glasses, flags, earbuds, candy and ice-cream sticks, PVC banners under 100 microns thickness, wrapping films, stirrers, and cutlery.
How Banning Single-Use Plastic Items Is An Environmental Boost!
While speaking at the event on May 14, Bihar State Pollution Control Board (BSPCB) member secretary S Chandrashekhar stated that the Union government decided to ban all single-use plastics and even the state government has decided to ban the sale, production, distribution, storage, import and use of plastic carry bags of all types irrespective of their size and thickness.
He also added that the use of plastic is quite harmful to health, and its use has been banned all over the country, as reported by The Times Of India.
Delhi Bans Single-Use Plastic Items!
The Delhi Government has made the decision to ban single-use plastic products in Delhi Secretariat from June 1. Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai has informed: "Single-use plastic goods will be prohibited at the Delhi Secretariat beginning June 1. In the first phase, the use-and-throw pens and water bottles will be prohibited in the Delhi Secretariat. Also, banners, posters, and food cutlery made from single-use plastic will also be banned in the Delhi Secretariat premises."
Gopal Rai also added how the Environment Department, under the leadership of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, is carrying out all needed steps to combat the pollution problem. The department also made an effort to launch a Summer Action Plan to combat the city's rising pollution levels.
Meanwhile, single-use plastic plays a significant role in up ticking the pollution numbers in such circumstances. Plastic glasses, forks and spoons, polythene, straws, and others are items made out of single-use plastics that can not be reused and are discarded.