Indian’s National Green Tribunal banned the use of disposable plastic in the India’s capital, New Delhi, but the ban has yet to show any visible impact.
CGTN’s Shweta Bajaj reports.
New Delhi bans use of disposable plasticsIndian’s National Green Tribunal banned the use of disposable plastic in the India’s capital, New Delhi, but the ban has yet to show any visible impact. CGTN’s Shweta Bajaj reports.
The ban was implemented after complaints came of illegal mass burning of waste and plastic at New Delhi’s three dumping sites. At Gazipur dumping site, the city’s biggest, even though it’s supposed to run as a waste-to-energy plant, there is illegal burning of plastic taking place.
But more than a month later, the streets of Delhi look the same.
Most vendors said they didn’t even know about the new ban, while others said they had no alternatives.
“We understand that there is an impact of plastic on animals and all of us and the less we use the better it is, but the problem is lack of options,” Suresh, a local vendor said.
According to Indian government’s data, India generates around 15,000 tons of plastic waste every day, with 6,000 tons remaining uncollected.
One state that has effectively implemented the ban is Himachal Pradesh. The state attributes part of its success on the fines it levies of people who use disposable plastic.
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