Mandi, June 5
Mandi District Magistrate Arindam Chaudhary said single-use plastic items will be completely banned in Mandi District from July 1. No traders, wholesalers, retailers, hawkers and street vendors would be allowed to sell or use any type of single-use plastic products in the district.
Chaudhari issued these instructions on Saturday, in exercise of powers conferred under subsection (1) of Section 3-A of the Non-Biodegradable Waste (Control) Act 1995, and they will be fully applicable to from July 1.
Single-use plastic waste has become a major threat to the environment in Himachal, as it is often seen dumped in water bodies and tourist spots, spoiling the beauty of nature.
The DM said an important step has been taken by the state government to prevent pollution caused by plastic waste. The state government offers a minimum support price of Rs 25 per kg to a person for collection and deposit of plastic waste at urban local agency collection centers from scavengers and households, he said. declared.
The DM has asked traders and wholesalers to stop stockpiling single-use plastic items by June 30.
He said for breach of the orders, appropriate action would be taken against offenders under the Environmental Protection Act 1986, which includes forfeiture of property, recovery of environmental compensation and closure of operations of industries/commercial establishments.