India to restrict single-use plastic items
India's Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change declared the ban recognized single-use plastic items across the country from 2022 July 1. India will boycott the production, import, stocking, distribution, sale, and utilization of recognized single-use plastic items, which have low utility and high littering potential, all over the country. For compelling enforcement of the boycott, national and state-level control rooms will be set up, and unique enforcement teams will be formed to check the unlawful production, import, stocking, distribution, sale, and use of banned single-use plastic items.
States and Union Territories have also been approached to set up border checkpoints to stop the interstate movement of any banned single-use plastic items. The list of prohibited items includes earbuds with plastic sticks, plastic sticks for balloons, plastic flags, candy sticks, ice-cream sticks, polystyrene for decoration, plastic plates, plastic cups, plastic glasses, plastic cutlery such as forks, spoons, knives, straws, trays, wrapping or packing films around candy boxes, cards, cigarette packets, plastic or PVC banners less than 100 microns.