Delhi Secretariat to ban single use plastic products from June 1
Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai said on Saturday that from June 1, Single Use Plastic (SUP) products will not be allowed in the Delhi Secretariat.
The minister said single-use plastic items would be banned in the Delhi Secretariat from June 1, a month before the nationwide ban on SUPs would come into force. He said that it will be gradually implemented across the national capital.
Rai said that it will be ensured that only SUP items like paper plates, cups, straws are used in the Delhi Secretariat premises. The minister said that employees will be asked to avoid SUP water bottles and instead use kulhads, stainless steel glasses or paper cups for drinking water.
The Delhi Pollution Control Committee has also asked all manufacturers of raw materials to stop supplying plastic items to those engaged in the use of banned SUP products. Single use plastics are plastic products that are used once before being thrown away.
Meanwhile, a nationwide ban on single-use plastic products will be implemented from July 1 this year. The Central Pollution Control Board had earlier in the year informed producers, shopkeepers, street vendors and general public about the ban on such items which the government considers single-use plastic.
Banned plastic items include earbuds, flags, candy and ice cream sticks, decorative thermocol, PVC banners less than 100 microns thick, stirrers, wrapping film, cups, glasses and cutlery.
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