Ahmedabad: Going shopping? Carry a cloth bag

AHMEDABAD: Next time you go to the market to buy vegetables, fruits or grocery, carrry your own cloth bag. The state government is planning to ban sale and use of plastics which are thinner than 40 microns and measure less than 30cm x 45cm.

It also intends to ban multi-layered plastic bags and metallic pouches. Officials said that the new guidelines which have been sent by the Union ministry of environment and forests are being studied and will be implemented soon. The ban is likely to become effective in the next two months.

Officials said that the Centre has asked the state authorities to study Recycled Plastics Manufacture and Usage Rules, 1999 and implement these in Gujarat. The new guidelines spell out that manufacture, sale and use of plastic carry bags thinner than 40 microns and measuring less than 30cm x 45 cm will be prohibited.

The guidelines further state that non-recyclable laminated plastic or metallic pouches, multi-layered packaging and other non-recyclable plastics will be banned. Bio-degradable plastic carry bags, containers and pouches will have to be made as per Bureau of Indian Standards norms, the guidelines underline.

Officials said that each carry bag will have to be made of either virgin, recycled or bio-degradable plastic. Also, the manufacturers will be required to print their names and addresses on each bag.

They pointed out that earlier plastics of 20 microns and 25cm x 30cm were banned.

The state government officials said that the notification quotes a series of research which indicate that plastic bags are left littering, finally finding their way into garbage dumps and drains, choking the water outlet system. SK Nanda, principal secretary forest and environment, said, “We are studying the guidelines and will soon implement them.”

From TIMESOFINDIA

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