Center issues advisory to states and UTs to phase out single-use plastic
The Center has issued an advisory to states and union territories to phase out single-use plastic and help improve the environment as part of the overall Clean and Green mandate, according to a statement on Saturday.
According to the government, while 2,591 urban local authorities (ULB) out of 4,704 have already reported a single-use plastic ban notification in accordance with the directives of the Central Commission for Pollution Control and the Ministry of the Environment, States and UTs will need to ensure that the remaining 2,100+ ULBs notify the same by June 30, 2022.
In the statement issued a day before World Environment Day, the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs said that states and UTs have been urged to undertake a series of activities to make the country free. of single-use plastic (SUP).
Activities will include large-scale clean-up and plogging campaigns with a particular focus on plastic litter collection, as well as large-scale tree-planting campaigns with the participation of all student citizens, volunteer organizations , self-help groups, local NGOs/CSOs, NSS and NCC cadets, RWAs, market associations and corporate bodies, among others, he said.
Under the Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban 2.0 currently being implemented by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, plastic waste management including SUP disposal is a crucial area of focus.
In view of the dual mandate of World Environment Day and India’s initiated ban on SUP by June 30, the Ministry has issued a detailed notice to States and UTs to undertake a series of activities to fulfill these mandates, the statement said.
It also says ULBs will need to identify SUP “hot spots” and eliminate them, while leveraging support from national pollution control commissions and training special enforcement teams, conducting surprise inspections and imposing heavy fines and penalties on offenders for enforcing SUP bans.
In accordance with the Plastic Waste Management (Amendment) Rules 2021, the manufacture, import, storage, distribution, sale and use of virgin or recycled plastic carrier bags that are less than 75 microns (75 i.e. 0.075mm thick) were banned with effect from September 30, 2021, up from 50 microns previously recommended under the PWM Rules, 2016, the ministry said.
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