Uttar Pradesh orders ban on plastic from July 15
This will be the third ban since 2015. On November 18, 2015, the Allahabad High Court had directed the state government to issue a notification enforcing a complete ban on the sale of polythene across the state by the end of that year.
Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath on July 6, 2018 issued an order to ban use of plastic in the state with effect from July 15, 2018.
CM yogi urged everyone to stop use of plastic cup, glass and polythene after July 15. The order is in line with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi's plan to end the use of single-use plastic products by 2022.
This will be the third ban since 2015
On November 18, 2015, the Allahabad High Court had directed the state government to issue a notification enforcing a complete ban on the sale of polythene across the state by the end of that year. Following this, the government implemented the order in January 2016. However, the Noida authority and Gautam Budh Nagar district failed to enforce the order.
The ban was reinforced in 2017 but once again authorities failed to stop the polythene bag flow into the cities. The latest ban comes following the footsteps of Maharashtra government which enforced a similar ban in March 2018.
Plastic Ban imposed by Maharashtra Government and controversy associated with it
The announcement came after the Maharashtra government on March 23, 2018 ordered a ban on manufacture, use and sale of any plastic products in the state which came into effect from June 23.
Regarding this, the government issued the Maharashtra Plastic and Thermocol Products (manufacture, usage, sale, transport, handling, and storage) notification.
Under the ban, violators can be penalised Rs 5000 for the first offence, which may rise to Rs 25000 and three months in jail.
Meanwhile, the Plastic Bag Manufacturers Association of India (PBMAI) recently alleged that the Maharashtra government is favouring multinationals and asked for a 90-day window on par with multi-layer packaging and plastic bottles before implementing the ban on plastic bags.
The association has urged the government to withdraw the ban on plastic bags and grant a 90-day window on par with multi-layer packaging and plastic bottles.
This big green move to ban plastic has triggered a ruffle between the Shiv Sena and rival Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS). The decision was helmed by Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray, however, it got strident criticism from MNS chief Raj Thackeray.
• Every year, world uses 500 billion plastic bags and at least 8 million tonnes of plastic end up in the oceans, the equivalent of a full garbage truck every minute.
• 50 percent of the plastic we use is single-use or disposable plastic.
• Over 1 million plastic bottles are purchased in every one minute.
• Plastic makes up 10 per cent of all of the waste generated in the world.