As one of the most populous countries in the world, India’s plastic waste situation is worrying. India will implement a plastic ban on plastic bags, cups, and straws nationwide from October 2, 2019. This is the largest plastic ban in India to eliminate single-use plastic in urban and rural areas. India’s plastic pollution is a serious global level.
Single-use plastic bags are widely used in plastic products. Although it is very convenient to use, white pollution caused is also very serious. The problem of plastic pollution has increasingly attracted global attention, especially marine pollution. Studies have shown that nearly 50% of single-use plastic products eventually flow into the ocean, causing marine life to die and become people’s food. According to two officials, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lead this campaign on October 2nd Indian Independence Day and implement a ban on six single-use plastic. The coverage of the plastic ban includes plastic bags, plastic bottles, plastic trays, plastic bottles, drinking straws, and specific types of small bags. Officials said they also required e-commerce companies to reduce plastic packaging which accounts for nearly 40% of India’s overall annual plastic consumption. “The ban is comprehensive and will cover the production, use, and importation of these items,” an official said. In his Independence Day speech on August 15, Modi urged people and government agencies to “take the first step” on October 2 to get rid of disposable plastic.
In fact, as early as 1998, India had already carried out similar measures in the region of Sikkim in northeastern India and benefited from the government’s publicity and education of local residents and the enforcement of relevant departments. It will be found. Many residents are willing to accept this policy and actively participate. As a result, the region has achieved remarkable results. Although the population of this area is not the largest city in India, it still has a huge impact. Even local children are taught by schools about the impact of plastic pollution on the environment.
In 2017, India’s per capita consumption was only 15 kilograms, but by 2020, it has reached 30 kilograms per capita, nearly doubling. The Indian Prime Minister hopes that the government can completely stop the use of disposable plastic bags nationwide in 2022. According to the environmental group survey, in addition to remote areas of the effect is not ideal, it is the Eco-tourism area tourists left more plastic materials. But the ban on plastic in other states is running smoothly, and a growing number of local communities have volunteered to take some action to tourists of the ban on bringing plastic products into eco-tourism areas and the ban on leaving plastic waste in local tourist attractions. And street vendors began to switch to newspapers or plant fibers for food packaging; girls selling flowers used leaves picked from the street instead of plastic bags to wrap bouquets; merchants on the beach began to provide coconut straws for customers to buy paper straws. So the expectation of the Prime Minister is achievable.