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India bans disposable plastics to fight pollution

New DelhiIndiabanned disposable plastics from straws to cigarette boxes on Friday.Exacerbates pollution in countries with litter on the streets.

Announced a ban, the government has rejected food, beverage and consumer goods companies' demands to postpone restrictions to avoid confusion.

Plastic wasteis a major source of pollution in India, the second most populous country in the world.
Rapid economic growth is driving demand for products that come withdisposable plastic products, such as straws and disposable cutlery.

However, India, which uses about 14 million tonnes of plastic annually, lacks an organized system for managing plastic waste, and littering is widespread.

The streets across the town are littered with used plastic products that eventually choke drains, rivers and seas and kill animals.

India's ban on disposable plastic products includes straws, cutlery, earphones, wrapping films, plastic sticks for balloons, candy, ice cream, cigarette boxes, etc., said Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The government said. In the statement.

PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, India's Pearl Agro, Dabur and Amal have been working to exempt straws from the ban.

As a relief to consumers, the government is currently exempting plastic bags, but is asking manufacturers and importers to increase their thickness to facilitate reuse.

Besides food and beverage and consumer goods companies, plastic manufacturers have complained about the ban they say they didn't have enough time to meet the restrictions.

Some experts believe that it may be difficult to enforce a ban. The government has decided to set up a control room to check for illegal use, sale and distribution of disposable plastic products.

According to the United Nations, plastic waste is widespread in the world's oceans, with an estimated 100 million tonnes dumped there. Scientists have discovered large amounts of microplastics in the intestines of deep-sea mammals such as whales.