Environmental News from India:
Banned plastic items
The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has said that day-to-day usage of single-use plastic items in multiple categories such as plastic sticks that are used in earbuds, balloons, candy, ice cream; cutlery items such as plates, cups, glasses, forks, spoons, knives, trays; packaging/wrapping films such as that used for the sweet box, invitation cards, cigarette packets, and other items such as plastic flags, PVC banners of less than 100 microns and polystyrene for decoration will be banned.
The minimum specified thickness for polythene carry bags of 75 microns is applicable across the country since September 2021. From December this year, the government aims to revise it to 120 microns.
The government claims that the decision is an important step in the fight against pollution. With the ban, the government expects to get rid of items that have low utility, have high littering potential, and equally, availability of alternatives.
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