Uttarakhand News

Polythene ban in Uttarakhand from 1st August

From August 1st, the state of Uttarakhand will ban the use of polythene, CM Trivendra Rawat said while attending a programme on Sunday, which was dedicated to ex-servicemen. The chief minister said that the decision is taken to make Uttarakhand cleaner and greener. According to Uttarakhand Environment Protection and Pollution Control Board, the state generates close to 500 tonnes of plastic waste every day.

However, it seems there has been no preparation by administration regarding the polythene ban. Department of Urban Development says there is already ban in polythene in the state. Action will be taken based on the existing laws in regards to polythene.

It should be noted that, High Court on 18 March 2o17 directed the government to close polythene manufacturing units in the state. The court also ordered to check for carry bags and thermocol at entry points of the state. However, the government is still far away from implementing to these orders completely. The traders in the state have come out in full support regarding the polythene ban and are ready to accept whatever alternative is available in place of plastic carrybags.

What government can do to make sure polythene ban is successful

  • Provide alternatives to polythene carry bags such as jute bags, canvas bags as well as paper bags
  • Offer financial assistance and encouragement to industries which offer alternatives to polythene
  • Awareness campaign against the use of polythene and plastic bags
  • Encourage people to take jute bags when they go out for grocery shopping.

Inputs from Hindustan