Kolkata

Odisha bans single-use plastic

No polythene bags, thermocol products in urban areas

The Odisha government has banned single-use plastic in all urban areas of the State from Gandhi Jayanti on Wednesday, an official said.

The State Forest and Environment Department in a notification issued on September 30 said the government has prohibited manufacture, sale, trade, import, storage, transportation and distribution of single-use plastics, the official said.

The ban will be imposed on polythene carry bags of any shape, thickness and size (excluding compostable) and Polyethylene Terephthalate (Pet/Pete) bottles of less than 200 ml capacity, the notification said.

It also banned single-use disposable cutleries made of thermocol (polystyrene), polyurethane and similar products of plastic such as dish, spoon, cup, plate, glass, fork, bowl, pouch to store liquid and container of any size and shape except for packing and selling of milk and other ancillary milk products and thermocol decorative materials.

The vendors will not be allowed to use polythene sheets of less than 50-micron thickness for storing, transporting, dispensing or packaging of any article or commodity or food items, consumables, packaging of milk and milk products and edible oil in a sealed manner.

This excludes any plastic carrying and transporting garbage and containers for milk products, polythene packing materials used in healthcare sector, the notification said.

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