India's Delhi bars all forms of disposable plastic

India's Delhi bars all forms of disposable plasticIndia’s capital city Delhi has introduced a ban on disposable plastic, The Independent said on Wednesday.

Cutlery, bags, cups and other forms of single-use plastic were prohibited by the National Green Tribunal (NGT).

There is particular concern in the country about the amount of plastic waste it produces. According to the Times of India, it is responsible for an astonishing 60 per cent of the plastic that is dumped in the world’s oceans every year.

The ban affects the whole National Capital Territory (NCT) area of Delhi.

It was introduced after complaints about the illegal mass burning of plastic and other waste at three local rubbish dumps, which has been blamed for causing air pollution. The sites are supposed to operate as waste-to-energy plants.

“Each of these sites is a depiction of the mess that can be created for environment and health of people of Delhi," the Tribunal said in a statement.

“We direct that use of disposable plastic is prohibited in entire NCT of Delhi. The Delhi government shall take steps for storage and use of plastic materials," the statement added.

The ban came into force at the start of this month.

“All the corporations …and other public authorities, including NCT of Delhi, are directed to take immediate steps for reduction and utilisation of dumped waste,” the Tribunal added.
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