Pepsi, Coco-Cola and other packaged drinks manufacturers have been asked to come up with an alternative packaging solution by Union Food and Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan within the next three days.
October 2, which also happens to be the birth anniversary Mahatma Gandhi, a nationwide ban on as many as six items will be imposed. Earlier this month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave a big push to environmental concerns and pledged to phase out single-use plastic from the nation by 2022.
In the meeting, it was discussed that bottled water manufacturers and various government departments to find a suitable alternative to single-use plastic bottles for selling drinking water.
On the occasion of 150th birth anniversary of Mahatama Gandhi, India will impose a nation-wide ban of single-use plastic.
As per reports, six single-use plastic items will be scrapped with effect from the day including plastic bags, straws, cups, plates, small bottles and certain types of sachets.
PM Narendra Modi, who has set the goal to make India free of single-use plastics by 2022, had appealed to the nation to stop the use of single-use plastic in his speech on India’s Independence Day.
Single-use plastic is a form of plastic that is disposable, which is only used once and then has to be thrown away or recycled. The single-use plastic items include plastic bags, water bottles, soda bottles, straws, plastic plates, cups, most food packaging and coffee stirrers.
With climate and environment becoming a rising global concern, plastic pollution and plastic waste management have become the focal point of worry.
Millions of tons of plastic are being produced every year, which is not biodegradable. Hence, the countries across the globe are adopting and implementing strategies aimed at eliminating the use of single-use plastic.