The government has taken steps to phase out the use of plastic sticks in balloons, candies and ice cream. The government announced this in Parliament. Asked about the phased reduction in the use of plastics, Union Environment Minister Ashwini Chaubey said,Earlier this year, a draft notification was issued banning single - use plastic products. According to the notification, the manufacture, import, storage, distribution, sale and use of such plastic products will be completely banned from January 1, 2022.
Bottles with plastic sticks, balloon-attached sticks, plastic flags, candy sticks, ice cream sticks and thermocol products used for decoration will be banned from January 1. Effective use of plastic plates, cups, glasses, forks, spoons, knives, spatulas, containers, PVC banners and plastic products below 100 microns will be banned from July 1, 2022. The Minister also replied in writing that the provisions do not apply to carrier bags made of recycled plastic less than 120 microns for single use.
The Minister directed the States and Union Territories to take steps to set up a special task force under the Chief Secretary or Administrator for the disposal of disposable plastic products.He was responding to a question about the steps being taken to reduce the use of disposable plastic items. Already 14 States and Union Territories have formed Special Task ForcesHe added that the Ministry of Environment has appointed a national task force to effectively implement the 2016 Plastic Waste Disposal Rules.
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