Single use plastic ban to roll out July 1, retailers prepare for overhaul
The pan-India ban of low utility single-use plastics will come into effect on July 1 with the aim of making retail more environmentally friendly but several groups are requesting more time.
The Union Government’s upcoming low utility single use plastic ban is designed to reduce littering and the wider harmful effects on the planet of disposing of plastic waste in order to work towards the country’s environmental goals. The ban will cover the production, importation, stocking, distribution, and sale of any single use plastic that the government has deemed both low utility and having a high potential for littering, ET Online reported.
The Confederation of All India Traders had previously praised the goals behind the ban but had asked for more time to enable retailers to adequately prepare to implement it. The Thermoformers and Allied Industries Association spoke out on June 27 and asked for the ban to be introduced in a phased manner to prevent panic.
In order to monitor the implementation of the ban, the government plans to establish control rooms at both state and national levels to monitor any unauthorised production or use of these products. The ban could also cover more plastic products in the future as India works towards becoming single use plastic free.
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