INDIA – Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has seized 1,926.8 kg of single-use plastic in its eight zones since the nationwide ban imposed on July 1.

The Indian Express reports that 1,319 cases of violations were registered by the civic body, Rs 8,36,300 (US$10,471.33) was collected as fine during the same period.

In a statement, BBMP said, “UNIC Plast Manufacturing Unit at Nayandahalli was caught manufacturing banned plastic 15 days ago.

“But when we checked today (July 13), they were still manufacturing the banned plastic so marshals have penalized them with a fine of Rs 25,000 and seized 85 kg of plastic.”

BBMP West zone registered 316 cases, followed by Mahadevapura zone (272), East zone (273), South zone (91), R R Nagara (170), Yelahanka (61), Dasarahalli (55) and Bommanahalli (81).

BBMP marshals have seized 242 kg of plastic from the Mahadevpura zone which is the highest amongst all the zones followed by Dasarahalli where 233 kg of plastic was seized.

BBMP chief marshal Rajbir Singh said: “The use of single-use plastic is completely banned and the BBMP is creating awareness among vendors and citizens to use reusable cloth bags and paper covers.

“The marshals are conducting surprise raids at shops, hotels, manufacturing units and seizing the banned plastic items.”

Adhering to the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) order banning the use of single-use plastic from July 1, the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board had earlier said that the district administration has been directed to enforce the ban in the state.

The list of banned items in the country includes earbuds with plastic sticks, plastic sticks for balloons, plastic flags, candy sticks and ice-cream sticks.

In addition, polystyrene, plastic plates, cups, glasses, cutlery, knives, straw, trays, wrapping or packing films, invitation cards, cigarette packets, plastic or PVC banners, and stirrers are also banned.

According to the Plastic Waste Management Amendment Rules, 2021, the manufacture, import, stocking, distribution, sale, and use of plastic carry bags having a thickness less than 75 microns was banned from 30 September 2021.

The Central Pollution Control Board in its order dated June 30 had stated: “The manufacture, import, stocking, distribution, sale and use of the following single-use plastic, including polystyrene and expanded polystyrene, commodities shall be prohibited with effect from the 1st of July, 2022.”

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