On Tuesday the union ministry for environment launched a 2 month long awareness campaign to reduce the single use plastic. The earlier ban on single use plastic has been extended and now the ban has been imposed on plastic plates and cutlery gift wrappers, cigarette packets and many more which have less than 100 microns from 1st July 2022.
“Many states have already made legislations to phase out single use plastic. We have decided to curb the use of thin plastic bags below 40 microns thickness and all state governments to keep a check on units manufacturing thin plastic bags,” said Prakash Javadekar, union environment minister.
RP Gupta, secretary, ministry of environment and forests said the campaign will include behavioural change, policy and regime change and more emphasis on disposal of single use plastic bi a proper waste management system along with industry partnerships by the government to be the - the single use plastic utilisation in India.
The United Nations Environment Programme, the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, and GIZ, a German environmental organisation, are all involved in the effort.
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