A ban on manufacture, sale and use of most types of plastic bags in the Capital came into force over the weekend.

For its part, the Delhi High Court also refused to stay the Delhi Government notification on the ban on a petition filed by the All-India Plastic Industries Association.

Though the notification issued on October 23 stipulates that nobody can manufacture, import, store, sell or transport any kind of plastic bags, even those used for covering magazines, books, invitation cards and for collecting garbage in the city, the administration appeared at a loss about how to implement the stringent provisions.

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said efforts would be made to create public awareness about the issue. Involvement of the people in making the Capital free of plastics that pollute the environment would be solicited, she added.

The notification had banned use of most forms of plastics and trading in them. It had stated that no person, including shopkeepers, vendors, wholesalers, retailers and hawkers, will be allowed to sell, store or use plastic bags for supply of any goods. Use of plastic covers/pouches to pack magazines, greeting cards and invitation cards has also been banned. However, plastic bags used for packing food stuffs like milk, cooking oil, flour and plastic cups have been excluded from its purview.