India bans many single-use plastics to tackle waste

France24 says India imposed a ban on many single-use plastics on Friday in a bid to tackle waste choking rivers and poisoning wildlife.
India bans many single-use plastics to tackle waste

India bans many single-use plastics to tackle waste

France24 says India imposed a ban on many single-use plastics on Friday in a bid to tackle waste choking rivers and poisoning wildlife, but experts say it faces severe headwinds from unprepared manufacturers and consumers unwilling to pay more.

The country generates around four million tonnes of plastic waste per year, about a third of which is not recycled and ends up in waterways and landfills that regularly catch fire and exacerbate air pollution.

Stray cows munching on plastic are a common sight in Indian cities and a recent study found traces in the dung of elephants in the northern forests of Uttarakhand state.

Estimates vary but around half comes from items used once, and the new ban covers the production, import and sale of ubiquitous objects like straws and cups made of plastic as well as wrapping on cigarette packets.

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https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20220701-india-bans-many-single-use-plastics-to-tackle-waste

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