PUDUCHERRY: Puducherry Municipality and Oulgaret Municipality together generate 30-65 tonnes of plastic waste a day, according to the Local Administration Department. Officials say that the waste clogged stormwater drains and led to floods last year. This made the government to announce a ban on plastic items , which would come into effect from July 1. Home Minister E. Valsaraj told The Hindu that the government would use persuasive methods to phase out the use of plastic items. He emphasised the need for public awareness and support to make the ban effective.