The Government of India is planning to enforce a ban on single-use plastic items such as plastic bags, cups and straws.
From 2 October, the ban will initially cover six items such as plastic bags, cups, plates, small bottles, straws and certain types of sachets.
An anonymous government official said: “The ban will be comprehensive and will cover manufacturing, usage and import of such items.”
The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, and the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs did not respond.
The move is part of the country’s efforts to eliminate these plastic products by 2022.
The anonymous official also noted that India’s yearly consumption of plastic amounts to approximately 14 million tonnes. The ban on the six items is expected to reduce 5% to 10% of plastic waste.
After the ban is enforced, the government will introduce a six-month adaptation period for business and individuals to find alternatives to plastic. After this period, fines will be imposed for violations.
The government is also considering stricter environmental standards for plastic products.
As part of the new regulations, e-commerce companies will be asked to reduce plastic packaging for deliveries.
Earlier this month, the Indian Ministry of Railways announced its commitment to eliminate single-use plastics from its operations across the country, starting from 2 October.