Indian Railways to ban single-use plastic items from October 2

The Hush Post | 6:25 pm | One-minute read

The Ministry of Railways has reportedly directed all the railway units to enforce a ban on single-use plastic material. According to the reports, the single-use plastic material having a thickness lesser than 50 microns will be banned from October 2.

According to the reports by The Hindu, the Railway Board asked Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Development Corporation (IRCTC) to implement the return of plastic drinking bottles as a part of Extended Producer Responsibility.

This step is taken to minimize the use of plastic and its eco-friendly disposal. The decision came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for a ban on such plastic.

Also, the Lok Sabha secretariat prohibited the use of non-reusable plastic water bottles and other plastic items within the Parliament House Complex a day ago.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his speech on Independence Day, urged the citizens to avoid the use of non-reusable plastic and take significant steps to achieve this objective by October 2, the 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

“Can we free India from single-use plastic? The time for implementing such an idea has come. Let a significant step be made on October 2,” PM had said.

He invited start-ups to recycle plastic and the technologies to use recycled plastic. He also asked the shopkeepers to say no to the customers asking for polythene carry bags.

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