India’s Capital Has Banned All Disposable Plastics

For all of the economic advances India has made in recent years, its cities do not necessarily reflect the progress due to the litter problem. Particularly in New Delhi, which goes through over 250,000 metric tons of plastic each year, plastic is all over the ground. The good news is that Delhi has recently taken a major step toward fixing this environmental catastrophe.

Starting on New Year’s Day, the capital of India instituted a firm ban on all forms of disposable plastic. Bags, cup, utensils – basically anything that’s made of plastic and designed to be tossed after a single use – will no longer be allowed for sale.

Last month, the National Green Tribunal, a governmental agency that has the authority to swiftly address pressing environmental manners, devised the ban for the sake of the environment and future generation’s health and safety.

“All the corporations… and other public authorities, including NCT of Delhi, are directed to take immediate steps for reduction and utilization of dumped waste,” the tribunal stated.

The tribunal seemed most motivated to radically change the rules on plastic in order to counter the recent, dangerous trend of burning plastic. In particular, utility companies have turned to burning trash to create energy, and the burning of trash pollutes the air in a devastating fashion.

According to the Independent, in New Delhi, the air is considered “36 times more toxic” than it is in London. Some health experts believe that even a brief amount of time breathing in that air is enough to shorten your life expectancy.

Five years ago, two Indian Supreme Court justices declared that plastic bags pose a more significant threat to the country than even nuclear weapons.

The plastic problem isn’t just a problem for the people of India, but also the animals. Hungry animals will desperately consume the plastic to fill their bellies, though that plastic will ultimately wreak havoc on their digestive tracts and cause serious pain. Some of the nation’s revered cows have been found with over 100 pounds of plastic in their stomachs.

Tackling the amount of plastic waste India has to deal with should also contribute toward cleaning our international waters. As it stands, India and other nearby South Asian nations are considered culpable for roughly 60 percent of the nearly 9 million tons of new plastic that enters the ocean each year.

India may need action against plastics more urgently than other parts of the world, but all nations will need to learn to wean themselves from this polluting product in the near future. Hopefully, New Delhi will soon be able to serve as an example to the rest of the world that people can get along just fine without single-use plastics.

Photo Credit: Christian Haugen

103 comments

Siyus C
Siyus C6 months ago

Thank you for sharing

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Monica D
Monica D7 months ago

This sounds good, thank you.

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Marie W
Marie W7 months ago

Thank you for sharing

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Melania Padilla
Melania Padilla9 months ago

Great! We will drown in plastic if don't ban these evil commodities ;(
And wildlife too!!

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Telica R
Telica R9 months ago

Thank you for sharing

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heather g
heather g9 months ago

Oh Good !! It's back to drinking tea. People will be healthier and the planet a whole lot cleaner. At least they admitted to the problem and took positive action - not like all the countries in the West....

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Quanta Kiran
Quanta Kiran9 months ago

good!

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natasha s
Past Member 9 months ago

thanks so much India! Now so many other countries must do the ban as well.

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Will Rogers
Will Rogers9 months ago

Good, and they need to. We also need to but India is a complete shithole. Plastic everywhere.

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Janet B
Janet B9 months ago

Thanks

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