Centre writes to States to phase out Single-Use Plastic

June 05, 2022

Clean and Green

States/ UTs and Urban Local Bodies across the country carry out a campaign to phase out single-use plastic (SUP). It shall be noted that India is committed to ban SUP by June 30, 2022.

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This will also contribute toward the “Clean and Green” mandate of the Government. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’ during his 89th Mann Ki Baat address urged the nation to join together in efforts for cleanliness and tree plantation on the occasion of World Environment Day.

The advisory suggested initiatives such as:

Under the Swachh Bharat Mission – Urban 2.0, every Urban Local Bodies (ULB) is required to adopt 100% source segregation of waste, and have access to a Material Recovery Facility (MRF) for sorting the dry waste (including plastic waste) into further fractions for recycling and/ or processing into value-added products

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While 2,591 ULBs (out of 4,704) have already reported notification SUP ban as per the directions of the Central Pollution Control Board and MoEF&CC, States/ UTs will need to ensure that the remaining 2,100-plus ULBs notify the same by June 30, 2022.

Further, the ULBs will need to identify SUP ‘hotspots’ and eliminate them, while parallelly leveraging the support of State Pollution Control Boards and forming special enforcement squads, conducting surprise inspections and imposing heavy fines and penalties on defaulters, for enforcing SUP bans.

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The Government has banned the manufacture, import, stocking, distribution, sale and use of carry bags made of virgin or recycled plastic less than seventy-five microns with effect from September 30, 2021 as per Plastic Waste Management (PWM) (Amended) Rules, 2021.

Ban on Single-Use Plastics

The advisory also stresses people participation, where all citizen categories –elected representatives such as Mayors and ward councilors, voluntary organizations, local NGOs/ CSOs, Residents’ Welfare Associations, market associations, self-help groups, students and youth groups, etc, are to be identified and engaged with, to carry forward the message of SUP ban and enforcement.