Kerala to ban single-use plastic from January 1, 2020

Kerala to ban single-use plastic from January 1, 2020

After considering the environmental and health issues related to mounting plastic waste, the government of Kerala decided to ban the single-use plastic products in the state from January 1, 2020. Single-use plastic cups, plates, spoons, forks, straws, stirrers, bowls, plastic flags, water pouches, juice packs, pet bottles (under 300 ml), plastic garbage bags, PVC flex materials, plastic packets and bags, among others have been banned.

Single-use plastic can be used only once before it is either thrown away or recycled and is mainly used by the food processing and food delivery, retailers for packaging and selling finished goods, pharmaceuticals and agriculture. The government also decided to initiate legal action against those who defy the ban under the Environment Protection Act, 1986.

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