India bans single-use plastic to combat pollution

India bans single-use plastic to combat pollution

By Dhanjay Deo
Sunday 03/07/2022
[Image: india.com]

India has imposed a ban on single-use plastics on items ranging from straws to cigarette packets to combat worsening pollution in a country whose streets are strewn with waste.

Announcing the ban, the government dismissed the demands of food, beverage and consumer goods companies to hold off the restriction to avoid disruptions. Plastic waste has become a significant source of pollution in India, the world's second most populous country.

Rapid economic growth has fueled demand for goods that come with single-use plastic products, such as straws and disposable cutlery.

But India, which uses about 14 million tonnes of plastic annually, lacks an organized system for managing plastic waste, leading to widespread littering.

[Source: CNN]



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