Archive for December, 2009

Ban on Plastic Bags, Cups and Plates Under 50 microns

On 9 December 2009, the Government of Puducherry (GOP) issued a notification banning polythene or plastic bags and disposable cups and plates under 50 microns in thickness.  The partial text of the notification reads:

…no person including a shopkeeper, vendor, wholesaler, retailer or trader shall use, sell or store polythene or plastic carry bags of thickness 50 microns or below, of size less than 8 x 12 inches, disposable cups and plates of thickness of 50 microns or below whatsoever, for supply of goods in the Union Territory of Puducherry.

The other plastic carry bags, disposable cups and plates apart from the category mentioned above manufactured, used, sold or stored in the Union Territory of Puducherry shall contain the name of the manufacturing unit, address, thickness and size of the product printed on it.

Let us hope that the Puducherry Pollution Control Committee (PPCC), which is in charge of implementing this notification, is successful in working with the various stakeholders to create awareness and put in place a monitoring system.

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