From July 1, 2022, India banned the following single use plastic items: ear buds with plastic sticks, plastic sticks for balloons, plastic flags, candy sticks, ice- cream sticks, polystyrene (thermocol) for decoration, plastic plates, cups, glasses, cutlery such as forks, spoons, knives; straws, trays, wrapping or packing film around sweet boxes, invitation cards, cigarette packets, plastic or PVC banners less than 100 micron, and stirrers.
By October 1, three months from when the ban went into effect. IndiaSpend found a number of banned plastic items in markets, eateries and other public places in Delhi and Mumbai and Bengaluru. Suppliers state that there has not been any punitive action, nor any advice on discontinuing the use of these products, and in fact, the products are still being sold as normal.
Small businesses, who have been hardest hit, complain that major polluters have not been held accountable. The responsibility of major manufacturers, importers and brand owners produces disposable plastics used in the packaging of products such as biscuits, instant noodles, mineral water, etc. not face this ban. These companies produce another major source of plastic pollution: laminated plastic, which is technically not recyclable.
The ban was criticized from the start because the amount of single use plastic waste generated by these plastic products only accounts for 2%-3% of the total plastic waste generated in India.
Another practical problems
Prices of alternative products are too high
Lack of some alternative products
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