The central government is ready to ban single-use plastic from July 1, 2022
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Do you feel like buying something all of a sudden? If it was a while ago, just go to the store and buy whatever you want. It was enough to think only of the quality of the goods. But now the changed scenario requires us to look at the product with its packaging and the cover we brought with the goods.
The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), a government body under the Ministry of Environment, has issued a notice to ban single-use plastic from the 1st July 2022. The Center has also released the list of items that will be banned, including plastic bags, take-out food containers, disposable cutlery, straws and stirrers, processed food packets and wrappers, stir sticks cotton swab, etc. The ban includes the manufacture, import, storage, distribution, sale and use of single-use plastic items.
According to the central government‘s notification, “The manufacture, import, storage, distribution, sale and use of single-use plastics, including polystyrene and expanded polystyrene products, will be effectively prohibited from July 1, 2022. Other prohibited items include plastic sticks, plastic cups, plastic cups, plastic or PVC streamers under 100 microns, plastic stirrers, spoons, forks, knives and straws.”
In August 2021, the Center announced a ban on single-use plastic products. According to a notification from the Ministry of Environment on plastic waste management change rules, 2021 also announced the ban of single-use plastic products.
The following rules have also had a huge impact on e-commerce businesses. The CPCB has issued instructions to these lead companies, sellers or users of single-use plastic and manufacturers of plastic raw materials regarding the phasing out of identified single-use plastic items. According to reports, small juice and packaged dairy makers such as Parle Agro, Dabur and Mother Dairy, however, want the government to extend the implementation date of the ban. Because the production infrastructure of paper straws is developed locally and importing such straws will not be economically beneficial to them.
Expressing these concerns, Schauna Chauhan, CEO of Parle Agro, said in a statement report quoted as saying: “There is currently no infrastructure in India to be able to produce the amount of straws required by the industry. We have started importing paper straws to ensure that the new rules are met before the deadline However, importing is not a sustainable option. We have already started working on developing many local MSMEs to be able to meet our volume of biodegradable straws. This will also help the beverage industry to make the transition efficiently. without facing the negative impact of high import costs, heavy logistics costs and supply chain disruptions.”
Focusing more on environmental concerns, studies indicate that out of 60 cities sampled in the study of plastic production in the country, it is estimated that the country generated around 26,000 tons of plastic waste per day between 2011 and 2012. According to CPCB reports from 2017 to 2018, this figure increased to 660,787.85 tonnes. This exponential growth is undoubtedly something that has put the future of the earth in crisis.