Policy banning disposable plastic expected to be notified and adopted by September
PANJIM: Plastic bags, straws, cutlery and other disposable plastic items will soon disappear from Goa, as the State government is mulling a complete ban on single-use plastics from September 2019.
The State government has drafted the Goa Non-Biodegradable Garbage Control Act to ban single-use plastics and also levy fines for littering in public places. A policy is expected to be notified and adopted by September, this year.
Single-use plastics or disposable plastics, are used once before they are thrown away or recycled. These items include plastic bags, straws, coffee stirrers, soda and water bottles and most food packaging.
A senior official informed Herald that the government has drafted the policy which intends to impose a complete ban on the manufacture, supply, storage and use of single-use plastics in the State. “Central government has already announced that India, by 2022, will eliminate all single-use plastics from the country. We are working in that direction,” the official said.
He added that the policy speaks of imposing fines on those found using or manufacturing or storing single-use plastic, once the rules are notified. “Littering in public places would also be an offence under the new law. The violators would be penalised,” the officer said.
The State government has already imposed a ban on use of plastic below 50 microns, however, it has not been very effective as the use of such plastic continues.
In Goa, there are 35 registered plastic manufacturing units. The Goa Waste Management Corporation (GWMC) is the nodal agency for collection of non-biodegradable waste from all 191 village panchayats. The corporation has transported 19,249.46 tonnes from January 2013 to February 2019 to bailing units.
Last month, the European Parliament had unanimously voted to ban single-use plastic as part of a sweeping law against plastic waste that spoils beaches and pollutes oceans.