The Odisha Government has decided to expand the ban on single-use plastics across all villages from next year Gandhi Jayanti (2020). For this, they will soon issue a circular. Following the Centre’s footsteps, the Government introduced the ban in all 114 urban local bodies (ULBs) of the State on October 2 this year.
K Murugesan, Director – Environment, said the details of the ban will be intimated and the guidelines, which are applicable to the towns as far as the ban is concerned, will be the same for all villages.
Added Murugesan, “The government has decided to completely prohibit the use of plastic all over the state. Measures are being taken to ensure 100 per cent enforcement of the ban in the ULBs. After achieving the target, the same modalities will be prepared for the villages.”
In case of towns, the ULBs act as enforcement agencies (by forming squads) and raid plastic bag making units, wholesalers and traders. Officials said vendors will be asked to dispose their stock of plastic items within one month from the notification of the ban. The ban will be imposed on polythene bags of any thickness, shape and size and bottles of drinking water (less than 200 ml). The use of other single-use plastic items, including cups, plates, spoons, forks, bowls, glasses and pouches, have also been prohibited.