Bhubaneswar: Ban on the use of single-use plastics will be implemented across Odisha from tomorrow on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti.
As per a notification by the Forest and Environment Department, the ban will be imposed on manufacturing, selling, trading, importing, storing, carrying, transporting and distributing with help of single-use plastics in all cities in Odisha from tomorrow.
Earlier, the Odisha government had imposed the ban only in six cities- Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Rourkela, Sambalpur, Berhampur and Puri in October last year.
Officials said that ban will be imposed on plastic bags with a thickness less than 50 microns and bottles of less than 200 ml capacity.
Besides the government has also decided to impose ban on single-use disposable cutleries made up of thermocol (polystyrene), polyurethane and similar products, of plastic such as dish, spoon, cup, plate, glass, fork, bowl, pouch to store liquid and container of any size and shape except for packing and selling of milk and other ancillary milk products and thermocol decorative materials.
The notification said that any person including the vendor possessing any materials, which are prohibited under this order, shall dispose of those articles within one month from the date of publication of the order.