Ban on Single-Use Plastics
By PIB Delhi
The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has notified the Plastic Waste Management Amendment Rules, 2021, on 12th August 2021, prohibiting the manufacture, import, stocking, distribution, sale, and use of the following identified single-use plastic items, which have low utility and high littering potential with effect from the 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, straws, trays, wrapping or packing films around sweet boxes, invitation cards, cigarette packets, plastic or PVC banners less than 100 microns, stirrers.
The notification also prohibits the manufacture, import, stocking, distribution, sale, and use of plastic carry bags having a thickness less than seventy-five microns with effect from 30th September 2021, and having a thickness less than the thickness of one hundred and twenty microns with effect from the 31st December 2022. Also, thirty-four states/UTs had already issued notifications/orders to introduce regulations pertaining to complete or partial ban on plastic carry bags and/or identified single-use plastic items over and above Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016, as amended.
The Ministry published a draft notification in the Gazette of India on 11th March 2021, seeking objections and suggestions from stakeholders within a period of sixty days from the date of the publication of the draft notification. The draft notification had also been brought out after prior consultation with concerned line ministries. The final notification was published after due consideration of all the comments/suggestions received. Further, awareness programmes and capacity-building workshops have been organized for stakeholders with respect to the ban on identified single-use plastics.
The ban on identified single-use plastic items was notified by vide the Plastic Waste Management Amendment Rules, 2021on 12th August 2021, and is in force from 1st July 2022. The Ministry of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises has schemes to provide support to MSME units, which includes support to such units earlier involved in manufacturing banned single-use plastic items for switching over to alternative / other products. These schemes provide support in respect of technology up-gradation, creating awareness, marketing support, and infrastructural support, as per scheme guidelines.
This information was given by the Minister of State for Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.