Puducherry

Single-use plastics to be banned from Aug. 1

Drawing the line: The ban will apply to 14 types of single-use plastics.

Drawing the line: The ban will apply to 14 types of single-use plastics.  

The Puducherry government on Friday announced a total ban on the manufacture, sale and storage of single-use plastics in the Union Territory.

The ban will come into force from August 1, according to the Welfare Minister M. Kandasamy.

He told reporters after a meeting with government officials that the ban would follow the pattern adopted in Tamil Nadu and ban 14 types of single-use plastics.

Mr. Kandasamy said there would be no further postponement of the ban. The government earlier deferred its decision to ban plastics from March 1 following representations from the plastic manufacturers association.

The Cabinet on January 13 decided to ban manufacture, sale and use of single-use plastics such as carry bags, plates, disposable cups, sheets, straw, expanded polystyrene foam (popularly known as thermocol) and water pouches in the Union Territory from March 1.

‘Association on board’

The Minister said that the association of plastic manufacturers had also accepted the implementation of the ban from August 1 since it was an environmental risk.

Earlier, the government decided to defer its decision to ban single-use plastic items from March 1.

A highly-placed source told The Hindu that a decision was taken to defer the decision following representations by the Plastic Manufacturers Association.

The move was opposed by traders and plastic manufacturers, but found a good amount of support from residents’ associations and from even a section of retail outlets.

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