Single-Use Plastic Products To Be Banned In India from July 1

Single-use plastics have been strangling not only drains but also life as one of the major contributors to climate change. Single-use plastic has been called for a ban by environmentalists, yet given our reliance on it, it continues to be used.

Some countries have implemented tight policies to phase out the manufacture and use of single-use plastics. Bangladesh was the first country to prohibit plastic bags in 2002. Single-use plastic items will be prohibited in India beginning July 1.

Since then, several governments have increased their efforts in environmental protection and implemented similar prohibitions or limitations.

On March 2 of this year, a total of 170 countries agreed to phase out the use of plastics by 2030. The pledge, which included India, was made at the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) in Nairobi, Kenya.

80 countries have succeeded in enacting a full or partial ban on single-use plastic by implementing effective measures and advocating for the adoption of alternatives. It’s worth mentioning that 30 of these nations are located on the African continent.

Uganda, South Africa, Malawi, Ethiopia, and Rwanda, among other countries, have enacted severe regulations to discourage and prohibit the usage of single-use plastic.

Kenya’s plastic bag ban, which went into effect in 2017, is regarded as the world’s tightest. The Kenyan government imposed the restriction in order to address concerns such as severe flooding caused by clogged drainage systems.

Rwanda is yet another African country that banned plastic bags in 2008. It implemented rigorous rules, such as checking bags at the border for any plastic and seizing it if discovered. Offenders may get a fine or be sentenced to prison.

Apart from plastic bags, some countries are gradually prohibiting the use of other dangerous plastic debris. Plastic straws and bags were outlawed in the UK, but plastic microbeads in cosmetics and personal care goods were banned in the US.