From June 1, the Delhi Secretariat will prohibit single-use plastic goods.

Environmental Minister Gopal Rai announced on Saturday that single-use plastic items will be banned from the Delhi Secretariat . Reusable goods made of metal, bamboo, paper, and earthy materials will be prioritized .

NEW DELHI (New Delhi): Environmental Minister Gopal Rai announced on Saturday that single-use plastic items will be banned from the Delhi Secretariat from June 1, a month before the national ban on SUP takes effect.In the Delhi Secretariat facilities, only alternatives to single-use plastic (SUP) items such as paper plates, cups, and straws will be used, according to him.Employees will be encouraged to refrain from using stick pen or SUP water bottles, and use kulhads, stainless steel glasses, or paper cups to drink water, according to the minister.Single-use banners and posters will also be banned at the secretariat.

From August last year, the Union environment ministry issued a notice prohibiting the import, export, stocking, distribution, and use of identified SUP commodities, including polystyrene and expanded polystyrene, beginning with the date July 1, 2022.The identified SUP items include earbuds, plastic sticks for balloons, flags, candy sticks, ice cream sticks, polystyrene (thermocol), plates, cups, glasses, forks, spoons, knives, straws, trays, wrapping or packaging materials for candy boxes, invitation cards, cigarette packets, plastic or PVC banners less than 100 micron, and stirrers.All manufacturers, retailers, the general public, and shopkeepers in Delhi have also been advised not to maintain any single-use plastics stocks by June 30, 2022.The Delhi Pollution Control Committee has also ordered all manufacturer of raw materials to stop providing plastic products to those that use banned SUP products.

Last year, the Delhi government established a state-level task force for the abandonment of SUP and effective application of the Plastic Waste Management Amended Rules, 2021.