UGC directs universities to ban plastic bottles on campus

Advisory based on theme of U.N. event to be hosted by India.

Published - May 19, 2018 09:02 pm IST - NEW DELHI

Students should be encouraged to reuse plastic products, the letter said.

Students should be encouraged to reuse plastic products, the letter said.

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has directed all universities and higher educational institutions to ban the use of plastic cups, lunch packets, straws, bottles and bags on their campuses.

The directive comes after the Environment Ministry issued an advisory, saying that India is the host of this year’s World Environment Day celebrations, the largest United Nations-led event on environment, and the theme is ‘Beat Plastic Pollution.’

Disposable cups, plates

“Ban take-away coffee cups, lunch wrapped in disposable plastic packaging, plastic bags, disposable food service cups, plates, containers made in polystyrene foam and plastic straws. Restrict single-use plastic water bottle and encourage use of refillable bottles instead,” the UGC said in a communication to the Vice-Chancellors.

“Hosting this prestigious event is a step towards our commitment to undertake global leadership on addressing all forms of pollution, reducing emissions and investing in sustainable development efforts. This is an opportunity for collective efforts to reduce the use of plastic and the Human Resource Development Ministry has desired that the students be encouraged to refuse, reduce, and reuse plastic products in their daily uses,” the letter said.

Directive to schools

In the run-up to the World Environment Day celebrations on June 5, the Environment Ministry has also asked schools to stop the use of plastics and constituted 19 teams to clean 24 beaches and an equal number of polluted river fronts and lakes.

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