3.3 Major Action taken by the Indian Government in terms of Plastic pollution
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2019 called for an end to using single-use plastics. The government has set an ambitious target of eliminating single-use plastics by 2022.
Reusable in Government Offices –
- On June 5, the Government office in Kerala has decided to use ink pens and steel cutlery instead of plastic water bottles, disposable teacups, and plastic carry bags.
- They banned all the plastic products from their office premises.
- The idea of making office premises more reusable was raised by the Suchitwa Mission and Haritha Keralam Mission.
Mission Fishing for plastic waste from water bodies –
Kerala Suchita Mission started a mission with 28 fishermen from Neendakara harbour.
- The mission comes with the idea that those fishermen have been engaged in not just finding fish but also plastic that either gets stuck in the fishing nets or floats in the sea.
- In the last 10 months with the help of this mission, they have managed to recover 25 tonnes of plastic waste.
Design your campaign stating the steps and initiatives you will employ to reduce the pollution of plastics. How will you curtail the usage of plastics from households? Discuss it with your peers.
Crackdown on plastic usage –
- Sikkim is known as the smallest state in the country. In 1998, it became the first Indian state to ban disposable plastic bags.
- In 2016, it took a significant step by banning the use of packaged drinking water in government offices and government events and the use of Styrofoam and thermocol disposable plates and cutlery across the entire state.
Upcycling plastic for better purpose –
- From construction materials to threads and fabrics for the textile industry, many organizations across India have been upcycling plastic for more significant purposes.
Here are the numbers of steps has taken by the Indian Government to fight against the plastic pollution:
- India has pledged to ban all single-use plastics by 2022.
- Complete ban on plastic sachets tea bags used for storing, packing or selling tobacco.
- Carry bags made of virgin or recycled plastic less than 50 microns in thickness have been prohibited.
- 21 states/UTs have separately notified more stringent norms and banned plastic carry bags and other items.