From July 1, single-use plastics will be banned in India. These prohibited plastic items include plastic cups, glasses, plates, flags, earbuds, packaging and packaging film used in sweet boxes, decorative thermocol, PVC banners under 100-micron thickness, candy and ice cream sticks, handkerchiefs, cutlery, invitation card, and cigarette packets,
Earlier this year, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) informed manufacturers, street vendors, shopkeepers, and the general public about the ban on such plastic items which the government considers single-use plastic. Single-use plastic is all plastic products that can only be used once before disposal. Single-use plastics are not recycled because such plastics are not disposed of properly.
Why banning plastics is important
Plastic waste is the biggest cause of pollution in the country. Almost all plastics are made from chemicals that come from planet-warming fuels (gas, oil, and even coal) that are harmful to the environment. Plastics also play a role in global warming. Tons of plastic are produced and most plastics are not biodegradable, this single-use plastic we will use once before we bind it. The biggest problem with Single-use plastics is that they do not rot like paper or food, but rather remain in the environment for hundreds of years.
These small particles of plastic can harm our health if they enter our bodies. Chemicals produced by plastic products can cause serious health problems such as infertility and neurodevelopmental disorders such as ADHD, autism, and hormone-related cancers.
- Bangladesh is the first country in the world to ban thin plastic bags. Plastic bags were banned in Bangladesh in 2002 when it was found that plastic plays a major role in preventing drainage during catastrophic floods. In India, Himachal Pradesh was the first state to ban the use of plastic bags in 2009 Now in 2022, India is banning single-use plastic from July 1.
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