Thursday, July 7, 2022

DC Kohima notifies on ban of single-use plastics

Deputy Commissioner (DC) Kohima, Gregory Thejawelie in a notification has informed that manufacture and use of single-use plastics in Kohima district has been banned with immediate effect.
According to a DIPR report, the DC Kohima informed that the manufacture, import, stocking, distribution, sale, and use of carrying bags made of virgin or recycled plastic shall not be less than 75 (seventy-five) microns in thickness w.e.f. the September 30, 2022 and 120 microns in thickness w.e.f. December 31, 2022. Further, non-woven plastic carry bags not be less than 60 grams Per Square Meter (GSM) w.e.f. September 30, 2022
The manufacture, import, stocking, distribution, sale, and use of following single-use plastic, including polystyrene thermocol) and expanded polystyrene, commodities shall be prohibited w.e.f. July 1, 2022; earbuds with plastic sticks, plastic sticks for balloons, plastic flags, candy sticks ice-cream sticks, polystyrene (thermocol) for decoration; plates, cups, glasses, cutlery such as forks, spoons, knives, straws, trays, wrapping or packing films around sweet boxes, invitation cards and cigarette packets, plastic or polyvinyl chloride (PVC) banners less than 100 micron, stirrers.
The order also added that all other clauses mandated in the “Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016” and “Plastic Waste Management (Amendment) Rules, 2021” should be strictly adhered to.
DC Kohima has informed all individuals, institutions, and commercial establishments (educational institutions, offices, hotels, shops, restaurants, religious institutions/faith-based institutions, industrial establishments, banquet halls, etc.) in the district to abide by the ban and warned that any breach shall be liable for penalties.

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