Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala government has decided to ban use, sale, and production of single use plastic from January 2020. The decision has been taken in light of the environmental and health hazards caused by discharging single use plastic.
Plastic carry bag irrespective of the width, plastic for tables, cooling films, plates, cups, single use plastic cups, plates, spoon, fork and many other materials with plastic coating, plastic flags, plastic water pouches, plastic juice packets, pet bottles under 300 ml capacity, plastic garbage bag, PVC flex materials and plastic packet.
Plastic products that are exported, plastic, products used in the health sector and those made from compostable plastic have been exempted from the ban.
The government has proposed stringent action against defaulters.
Defaulters will be booked under the Environment Protection Act, 1986.
District collectors, sub-divisional magistrates, officers of the pollution control board, local body secretaries and officers appointed by the central government under the environment protection act will be entitled to act upon defaulters.
The new law has provision for Rs 10,000 first time fine for the manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers defying the ban.
If the same offence is repeated fine will be Rs 25,000.
For a third offence, the fine is RS 50,000 and the permit of the shop/establishment shall be terminated.
The law also includes provisions for citizens to encash plastic waste.