The single-use plastic ban, which has come into effect from July 1, 2022, mandates that disposable plastics that are used only once before they are thrown away or recycled, like earbuds, cigarette packs, sweet boxes, candy and ice cream sticks, PVC banners under 100 microns, be done away with.

Reports state that the industry involving manufacturing, import, stocking, distribution, sale, and use of single-use plastic items is worth Rs 10,000 crore.

According to Press Information Bureau’s statement, “identified single-use plastic items have low utility and high littering potential”.