Single-use plastic banned from 2022

Single-use plastic banned from 2022

The government has notified the Plastic Waste Management Amendment Rules, 2021, prohibiting single-use plastic items by 2022. The rules are aimed at reducing waste caused by single-use plastic items, which have become a significant environmental challenge.

The manufacture, import, stocking, distribution, sale and use of single-use plastic, including polystyrene and expanded polystyrene, shall be prohibited with effect from 1 July 2022.

The definition of single-use plastic includes earbuds with plastic sticks, plastic sticks for balloons, plastic flags, candy sticks, ice-cream sticks, polystyrene for decoration, plates, cups, glasses, cutlery, straws, trays, wrapping or packing films around sweet boxes, invitation cards, cigarette packets, and plastic or PVC banners.

With effect from 30 September 2021, the thickness of plastic carry bags has been increased from 50 microns to 75 microns in an effort to stop littering of light-weight plastic carry bags. The thickness will be increased to 120 microns with effect from 31 December 2022. These thicker carry bags will be reusable.

Plastic packaging waste, which is not covered under the phase-out of identified single-use plastic items, shall be collected and managed in an environmentally sustainable way through the extended responsibility of the producer, importer and brand owner as per the Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016. The effective implementation of extended producer responsibility has been given legal force through the above-mentioned rules.

The Business Law Digest is written and researched by Mithun Varkey.