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India Still Has a Long Way to Go With Single-Use Plastic Ban

In June 2018, on the World Environment Day, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced that the country would be free of single use plastics by 2022. It took three years (August 2021) for a ban to be initiated by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MOEFCC) under the Plastic Waste Management Amendment Rules, 2021. And it was in July 2022 that the ban was finally implemented.
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While India claimed that it had banned all single use plastics, the truth remains that only 19 kinds of plastic items had been banned and a lot more remained on the market. These plastic items were much in circulation and still continue to be available on the market. Some of these plastic items include plastic packaging such as multi-layered packaging. Although some of these items are recyclable, a lot of them are unnecessary and non-recyclable and need to be phased out at the earliest. India has also been one of the top contributors to plastic, according to the Plastic Waste Makers Index 2019 report. This is not a promising sign. Plastic is a clear threat to the environment and nations need to gear up and act quicker and faster if some change is to be seen.


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  • George Kariuki

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    India can be a leader in waste management Let's see that potential realized! #TogetherForChange

    • CHRIS NGATIA

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      India is really slow.. They should fasten their actions

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      • Princess

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        India's progress in banning single-use plastic is slow and far from satisfactory.

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        • Rotich Kim

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          India needs to upgrade to a new method of production and friendly to our environment

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          • Chris Ndungu

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            India, being a developing country in the world should not be having such terrifying news. Plastic Pollution should worry the government of India. It should set strict warning to those who pollute the country with plastics.

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            • Joseph Githinji

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              @chris_ndungu I agree, and I wish this thought crosses the whole globe. Plastic pollution is a menace and must be a thing of the past.

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            • Joseph Githinji

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              Plastics pollution is a nuisance to our environment and must be dealt with by all means possible. Indian government must be true to the course of stopping this pollution by honouring their promises.

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              • Elizabeth Gathigia

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                Tougher actions are needed in order to phase out all single use plastics completely

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                • Joseph Githinji

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                  @elizbeth_gathigia India must take this directive seriously.

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                  • CHRIS NGATIA

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                    @elizbeth_gathigia India needs to be serious.. They are really slow

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                  • Munene Mugambi

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                    India's ecosystem is way beyond polluted. Passing laws to curb this is one and enforcing them is an entirely different plan. What they require is tougher measures and to work better with their citizens

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                    • Joseph Githinji

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                      @munene_mugambi Leaders must learn how to fulfill what they promise to the public.

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