Single-use plastic will be banned in India from July 1: Environment Minister

According to CNBC-TV18, Union Environment Minister Bhupender Yadav declared on June 28 that the government would outlaw single-use plastic starting on July 1.

The minister said that the government had allowed ample time for people to abandon single-use plastic.

The manufacturing, importation, stocking, distribution, sale, and use of single-use plastic, including products made of polystyrene and expanded polystyrene, will be prohibited beginning on July 1, 2022, according to a notification from the environment ministry.

Other products that are banned include stirrers, plastic spoons, forks, knives, and straws, as well as plastic balloon sticks, earphones with plastic sticks, ice-cream sticks, candy sticks, plastic cups, glasses, and banners made of plastic or PVC that are less than 100 microns thick.

According to the ministry of environment, forest, and climate change, states and union territories have been urged to establish border checkpoints to halt the interstate transportation of any prohibited single-use plastic goods.

Single-use plastic describes objects made of plastic that are only used once before being discarded.

The packaging industry’s problem is to find a direct substitute for locally accessible BOPP films (polypropylene), which are frequently used to package goods because they repel moisture and support weight better than cellophane sheets. The packaging/wrapping plastic films for candy boxes, cigarette packets, and invitation cards are also on the list of prohibited products that has been made public.

The Plastic Waste Management Amendment Rules, 2021, has already prohibited manufacture, import, stocking, distribution, sale and use of plastic carry bags with thickness less than seventy-five microns. It also provides for ban on plastic carry bags having thickness less than thickness of one hundred and twenty microns with effect from the December 31, 2022.