India plans ban on single-use plastic items


Government authority publishes draft ban set to come into force in three phases; would ban import, manufacture, and sale of plastic candy and ice cream sticks after January 1, 2022; expands ban to include plates, cups, cutlery, trays, certain wrapping films after July 1, 2022; proposal open for public comment until May 2021

In an article published on April 5, 2021, law firm Keller and Heckman reported on a draft notification released by the Indian Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change on March 12, 2021 announcing a proposed ban on certain single-use plastic products and restrictions on plastic take-away bags. The proposal sets out new rules that would come into force in three phases: 1) From September 30, 2021, non-woven plastic take-away bags must be at a minimum 240 microns thick. An exception would be made for compostable plastic bags. 2) From January 1, 2022, a range of single-use plastic items would be banned from manufacture, import, distribution, and sale including candy and ice-cream sticks. 3) From July 1, 2022, this ban would be extended to comprise additional food contact articles such as plates, cups, cutlery, straws, trays, stirrers, and certain wrapping films.

The draft notification is currently open for public comment until 60 days after publication (May 9, 2021). The proposal follows an earlier announcement from the government in 2019 in which it announced its intention to ban many of the same items (FPF reported).

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Food Packaging Forum, 6 April 2021