On Friday, the Uttar Pradesh government has issued an order regarding prohibiting the use of plastic in the state from July 15.
“We have issued an order to ban the use of plastic across the state. From July 15, no plastic cups, glasses or polythene will be allowed. We need to work together to achieve our goals. I hope people will stop using plastic cups, glass, and polythene at every level from July 15,” Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said in his statements.
According to news sources, apart from Mumbai, Uttar Pradesh is the second state to impose a ban on plastic bags in recent weeks. Since 23rd of June Maharashtra government has banned plastic bags in the state and has officially said that there will be a 5000 rs of fine for the first time breaking of the law regarding banned plastic bags and a fine of Rs 10000 and Rs 25000 respectively if someone breaks the law for 2nd and 3rd time. The government even said that a person can even be sentenced to a three-month jail in terms of repeated violations.
However, On 3rd July The government of Devendra Fadnavis has eased the restrictions on single-use plastic, said one of our sources.
Such a move by Devendra Fadnavis has made retailers and wholesalers to use plastic bags which are more than 50 microns thick in order to pack groceries and pieces of stuff. Besides this, the plastic bags that have been used by the retailers and wholesalers for packing purposes must have manufacturers name written over it and the bag should also mention the type of plastic through which the bag has been manufactured and last but not the least the buyback price of the polybag should also be there.
Besides this, On November 18, 2015, In order to make Uttar Pradesh an environment-friendly place the Allahabad High Court had administrated the state government to impose a complete ban on the sale of polythene bags across the state by the end of that year. Though the state government decided to execute the order regarding plastic bags bans in January 2016, but there were few authorities and districts that failed upon the order, some of them being, the Noida authority and Gautam Budh Nagar district.