India is set to impose a nationwide ban on certain plastic items on October 2nd, officials said, according to Reuters on Wednesday August 28th.
According to two officials, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will start the campaign to scrap single-use plastics with a ban on as many as six items on October 2nd, the anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi's birthday.
These include plastic bags, cups, plates, small bottles, straws and certain types of sachets, said the officials.
"The ban will be comprehensive and will cover manufacturing, usage and import of such items," one official said.
The federal government also wants to set tougher environmental standards for plastic products, which will be restricted to recyclable plastic only. It will also ask e-commerce companies to cut back on plastic packaging, which makes up nearly 40% of India's annual plastic consumption.
India is among the world's most polluted countries and lacks a structured plastic waste management system, leading to widespread waste across its towns and cities. However, some states have already outlawed polythene bags.