Going Grocery Shopping? Get Those Jholas Out, Plastic Bags Are Banned

Nitya posted on 26 August

The National Green Tribunal – a Central Government forum that addresses environmental issues, has banned the use of plastic bags less than 50 microns {used by vegetable vendors, grocery shops etc.} as they require more energy and are harmful for the environment. On August 10, the MCD and the Delhi Government were asked to raise awareness about the ban and those found in possession of plastic bags would have to shell out a fine of INR 5,000 now.

The Municipal Corporation has already conducted raids in areas like Paharganj, Shastri Nagar and Azadpur Mandi, seized up to 8,000 kg of polythene bags and have issued 492 challans worth INR 2.9 lakhs across the city.

If the ban needs be successful, the government would also have to focus on proper segregation, recycling and provide sufficient alternatives to plastic. That said, the Centre’s move to ban polythene bags is probably a start in the right direction, but it also requires each and every Delhites’ support to become a reality. So, onto the greener side then!

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