The central government is considering a complete ban on single-use plastic (single-use plastic) from next year. The central government has proposed a two-stage ban on single-use plastics starting January 1, 2022.
A draft notification has been issued in this regard stating that the scheme should not affect small businesses and traders. Also, due to the increasing threat from waste, the central government has also decided to increase the thickness of polythene bags from 50 microns to 120 microns as of September 30 this year. Currently, polythene bags below 50 microns are banned in the country.
On August 15, 2022, India will complete 75 years of independence. Meanwhile, the manufacture, import, storage, distribution, sale, and use of all single-use plastics will be prohibited by regulations.
There will be a one-time ban on plastic use in two phases. Starting on January 1, 2022, there will be some plastic items like plastic flags, balloons, and candy canes, and then from July 1, 2022, there will be plates, mugs, glasses, and tableware like forks, spoons, knives, straws, trays, packaging. There will be bans on plastics such as cards and cigarette packages.
An official said that those items whose options are readily available will be gradually blocked. At the same time, the responsibility for coordinating the waste management system will be the responsibility of urban local bodies and the Gram Panchayat.