Saturday, 04 December 2021

Single-use plastic banned by the government from 1st July 2022

Single-use plastic banned by the government from 1st July 2022

The Ministry of Environment on Friday notified the plastic waste management rules, which prohibits identified single-use plastic items by 2022.

The ministry said pollution due to single-use plastic items had become a significant environmental challenge confronting all countries. India is committed to taking action to mitigate pollution caused by littered Single-Use Plastics.

The plastic packaging waste, which is not covering under the phase-out of identified single-use plastic items, shall be collected and managed in an environmentally sustainable way.

The government then listed the single-use plastic items whose manufacturing, import, stocking, distribution, and sale will be banned from the 1st July 2022.

Single-use plastic items banned from 1st July 2022

  • Earbuds with plastic sticks, plastic sticks for balloons, plastic flags, candy sticks, ice-cream sticks, polystyrene [thermocol] for decoration.
  • Plates, cups, glasses, cutlery such as forks, spoons, knives, straw, trays, wrapping or packing films around sweet boxes, invitation cards, and cigarette packets, plastic or PVC banners less than 100 micron, stirrers.

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To stop littering due to lightweight plastic carry bags, with effect from 30th September this year,

The thickness of plastic carrier bags has been increasing from fifty microns to seventy-five microns and one hundred and twenty microns with effect from the 31st December 2022. These will also allow the reuse of plastic carry due to an increase in thickness.

The plastic packaging waste, which is not covering under the phase-out of identified single-use plastic items, shall be collected and managed in an environmentally sustainable way through the Extended Producer Responsibility of the Producer, importer, and Brand owner (PIBO).

The ministry said that state and UT governments and concerned central ministries or departments have also requested to develop an action plan for end single-use plastics and effective implementation of Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016, and the performance in a time-bound manner.