Nagaland restricts use of plastics

Nagaland restricts use of plastics

Dimapur, November 29: With a view to eradicate the menace of plastic and serious environmental and ecological challenges posed by rampant use of plastics, the Government of Naglaand has restricted the use of plastics in the state.
According to a notification issued by the Urban Development Department, all single use plastics less than 50 microns, specially plastic bags and plastic cutleries including Styrofoam and thermocol disposable plates would be banned with effect from December 1.
Government offices would stop using packaged drinking water bottles, below 20 litres capacity, by April 1, 2019. Alternatives like filtered water dispensers and RO plants would be introduced. Government servants would be encouraged to carry reusable drinking water bottles.
Alternatives to plastic bags would be promoted and popularized, which would include cloth, jute, paper bags, bamboo and leaf plates and cutleries.
A taskforce will be set up in each district that will include Government officials, NGOs, Church leaders to devise local strategies and build awareness for Plastic Free environment.
Village Councils and Municipal bodies would be sensitised to take proactive action for discouraging use of plastics in their jurisdiction.
Local bodies can decide on the issue of levying penalties for continued use of single use plastics in their jurisdiction.
Incentives would be provided to entrepreneurs investing in production of paper bags and cloth bag making units, disposable bio-degradable cutlery from areca nut leaves, setting up of water ATMs in public places, plastic shredding units for recycling of plastics etc.
Necessary steps would be taken for banning plastic straws by January 1, 2020. This would require ensuring manufacturers of juices, coffee etc. start adopting alternatives to single use plastic straws. (Page News Service)