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Delhi Secretariat to ban single-use plastic soon

Delhi Secretariat to ban single-use plastic soon

As plastic pollutes the environment and impacts human health, the central government announced banning plastic products.

At the same time, the Delhi government also decided to ban single single-use plastic (SUP) products soon. Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai said that SUP products would be banned in Delhi Secretariat from June 1.

The minister said that SUP products would be banned in the national capital gradually or in a phased manner. As the government decided to ban single-use plastic products, plastic alternatives like paper plates, cups, and straws would be used at the Delhi Secretariat premises starting from June 1.

In the first phase, single-use water bottles and use-and-throw pens will be prohibited on the Secretariat premises. In addition to that, all banners and posters, and food cutlery made from SUP will also be banned. The government decided to use plastic alternatives in place of single-use plastic products.

SUP products will be replaced by bamboo, paper and metal cutlery. Instead of use-and-throw pens, reusable ink or gel pens will be used. Cloth and banners will be used in the place of plastic banners and posters.

The staff are directed not to use single-use plastic water bottles to drink water but to use stainless steel glasses, paper cups or kulhads.

Besides, the manufacturers of raw materials also have been asked to stop supplying plastic items to all those engaged in the use of banned single-use plastic products.

Earlier, the Centre announced a nationwide ban on SUP products with effect from July 1, 2022. The Central Pollution Control Board notified all manufacturers, shopkeepers, vendors and people about the ban on single-use plastic products.

Some of these banned plastic products are plastic cups, glasses, earbuds, ice-cream sticks, wrapping films, decorative thermocol, stirrers, and PVC banners with a thickness of less than 100 microns.

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