Single Use Plastics are Banned From July 1 in India.
Govt has banned manufacture, import, stocking, distribution, sale and use of identified single-use plastic (SUP) items, including candy sticks, plates, cups and cutlery, from July 1, 2022.
Items Banned:- Ear buds with plastic sticks- Plastic sticks for balloons- Plastic flags- Candy sticks and ice-cream sticks
Items Banned:- Polystyrene (thermocol) for decoration- Plates, cups, glasses, cutlery such as forks, spoons, knives, straw, trays
Items Banned:- Wrapping or packing films around sweet boxes, invitation cards, and cigarette packets- Plastic or PVC banners less than 100 micron, stirrers
Violating this rule, can put someone into jail upto five years or a penalty of up to Rs 1 lakh, or both.
UN Environment Programme states that since the 1970s, the rate of plastic production has grown faster than that of any other material.
The level of greenhouse gas emissions associated with the production, use and disposal of conventional fossil fuel-based plastics is forecasted to grow to 19 per cent of the global carbon budget by 2040.