Which Single-Use Plastics Will Be Banned?
To combat the large amount of plastic waste, the Indian Government has announced a ban on the manufacture, import, stocking, distribution, sale and use of various single-use plastics.
From July 1, 2022, plastic plates, cups, straws, trays, stirrers, cutlery (forks, spoons, knives) will be banned — along with plastic sticks, plastic sticks for balloons, plastic flags, candy sticks, ice-cream sticks, polystyrene decorations, wrapping or packing films around sweet boxes, invitation cards, cigarette packets, and plastic/ PVC banners less than 100 micrometres.
Plastic carry bags are being targeted, too: The thickness of plastic carry bags will increase from 50 to 75 microns from September 30, 2021, and to 120 microns from December 31, 2022. This will be put into effect so that people will (ideally) reuse their plastic bags instead of throwing them away.