The Indian government has decided to ban low quality plastics which cannot be recycled in any form. On a broader level, any plastic which is of less than 50 microns thick and weighs less than 2 grams is not allowed. Here is the complete list of types of Plastic and Thermocol banned and allowed in India.
Types of Plastic and Thermocol banned and allowed in India
Many states in India including Maharashtra is following the list here. We will have more details on 2nd October when Prime Minister Narendra Modi announces it ultimately.
List of Items Banned which are made of Plastic
- Less than 200 ml of drinking water PET/PETE bottle.
- Plastic Mineral water pouch.
- Plastic or non-woven bags with or without handle
- One time/Single-use disposable items made up of Thermocol or Polystyrene or Plastic, e.g. dish, spoon, cups, glasses, fork, bowl, and container.
- Disposable dish or bowl and Straws used for packaging foods in the hotel.
- Any non-compostable plastic bags except for Plant nurseries, horticulture, agriculture, and handling of solid waste.
- Use of plastic and Thermocol for decoration
List of Items NOT Banned made of Plastic
- PET/PETE bottle having a liquid holding a capacity of 200 ml or more than 200 ml. They are printed with deposit and refund or policy or buyback price under EPR.
- Manufacture of Plastic and Plastic bags for export purpose in the special economic zone and export-oriented units.
- Plastic material made up of at least 20% recyclable material. It should also have a thickness of more than 50 microns used for wrapping the content at the manufacturing stage or an integral part of manufacturing. They should have manufacturers name, type of plastic with a code number, and buyback price under EMR.
- Plastic packaging material with more than 50 microns thickness, and of minimum 2 grams weight. They are usually used to seal groceries and grain products for wholesale and retail.
- Compostable plastic bags except for Plant nurseries, horticulture, agriculture, and handling of solid waste.
- Paper-based carton packaging with one or more layer of plastic.
- Virgin Plastic bag used for milk having a thickness of not less than 50 microns and printed with buyback price.
- Recyclable multilayered plastic
- The plastic used for domestic purpose.
- Use of plastic used for packaging and medicine, medical equipment, and pharmaceutical products.
- Use of Thermocol boxes for fish preservation.
- Recyclable plastic material for stationery.
Penalties under Plastic and Thermocol notification
- First offense Rs 5000
- Second offense Rs 10000
- Third offense Rs 25000 and imprisonment for three months.
Both low-quality plastic and Thermocol is causing a lot of pollution, and most of them end up in dump yard. Let’s hope that with these banned, we will have a better India.