DTE Call For Action: Considering recyclability before banning single-use plastics in India

In August 2021, India banned 19 single-use plastic (SUP) items through an amendment to the Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016. For the first time in the country, these selected items were also defined as “plastic items intended to be used once for the same purpose before being disposed of or recycled”

With this, India has joined a list of more than 170 countries that have already banned SUP. Single-use plastics may be unnecessary and problematic adding to the issue of plastic menace. Banning and implementing these bans on SUPs can contribute in addressing the issue of plastic pollution.