The government has banned its use from Friday i.e. July 1, despite the request of industry associations to implement it in a phased manner by not putting a complete ban on single use plastic.
Along with this, the Union Environment Ministry has ordered all the states and union territories to campaign to ban single use plastic and to shut down the units engaged in its production, distribution, storage and sale.
What is single-use plastic?
As the name suggests, single-use plastic is plastic that is thrown away after a single use.
This type of plastic is extensively used in packaging of goods, bottles of shampoos, detergents and beauty products, polythene bags, face masks, coffee cups and garbage bags etc.
One-third of the plastic produced worldwide is single-use. Of this, 98 percent is made up of fossils.
What is the meaning of this order of the government?
Let us inform that the Ministry of Environment had notified the Plastic Waste Management Amendment Rules, 2021 last year to ban single-use plastic .
The plastics industry in India is worth Rs 10,000 crore and its manufacture is directly engaged by about 2 lakh people and indirectly about 4.5 lakh people.
This step of the government will bring environmental cleanliness, but it will also affect the employment of lakhs of people.
To which products will the ban apply?
According to the new rules of the central government , plastic sticks, plastic sticks of balloons, plastic flags, candy sticks, ice cream sticks, polystyrene used for decoration, other cutlery items including plastic cup-plates, sweet boxes The use of polythene packaging, invitation cards, cigarette packets and plastic and PVC banners of less than 100 microns in thickness have been banned.
However, things made of degradable plastic will not be banned.
Plastic is slowly accumulating in the human body
According to a report, only 7.5 percent of the total single-use plastic is recycled. The rest gets buried in the land or flows into the water and goes into the rivers and the sea. Every human being is eating about five grams of plastic every week.
Environment Minister said to look for alternatives
Union Environment Minister Bhupinder Yadav said that the government is looking forward to cooperation from the FMCG industry. Presently only Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) are manufacturing single use plastic products, an appeal will be made to shift them to make alternatives.
He further said, “We will run awareness programs to stop the use of plastic products. The government is committed to its decision and will not back down in any case.”
How did the traders associated with the single use plastics industry react?
Meanwhile, some FMCG companies and restaurant operators have started efforts on Friday to comply with the ban on single use plastic.
Companies and restaurant owners claimed they were in a hurry to replace plastic utensils and containers, but said the alternatives were too expensive.
According to FMCG Corporation, the ban on single-use plastic will ultimately increase the cost of finished goods and burden the consumers.