Bhubaneswar Municipality to hold talks to stop selling single-use plastic | Bhubaneswar News

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BHUBANESWAR: Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) will step up crackdowns on the sale of single-use plastic in the city. It will also implement the Centre’s plastic ban order from Friday.
Commissioner BMC Vijay Amruta Kulange said they will educate shopkeepers, shopkeepers and others about government single-use plastic orders. “We will call wholesalers, manufacturers and traders and discuss the ban with them. We will tell them not to sell and manufacture single-use plastic items,” he added.
He said this on the eve of the nationwide ban on single-use plastics. The Center has banned the manufacture, import, storage, distribution, sale and use of 19 identified single-use plastic items across the country from July 1.
These items include headphones with plastic sticks, plastic balloon sticks, plastic flags, candy sticks, ice cream sticks, polystyrene (Thermocol) for decoration, plastic plates, cups, glasses, cutlery such as forks, spoons, knives, straw, trays, wrapping or packaging film around candy boxes, invitation cards, cigarette packets, plastic banners plastic or PVC of less than 100 microns and stirrers.
BMC sources said it will launch this enforcement campaign to seize single-use plastic items sold by merchants and shopkeepers in the city. BMC teams will visit all areas of the market and crack down on the sale and manufacture of these items, sources said.
Single-use plastic is widely used in the capital despite the state government banning the use, sale and manufacture of the product in urban areas since October 2, 2019. Now ration shops, fruit, vegetable and other stores provide polythene carrier bags when purchasing any items from these stores.
“The sale and purchase of these prohibited items will continue in the city if the BMC does not raid regularly. Traders should discourage people from carrying prohibited polythene carrier bags. After that, customers will spontaneously bring their own bags,” said Satya Narayan Boss of Patia.
Initially, the BMC was raiding different stores, but later stopped the app during the Covid period. Due to this period of silence, the use of these prohibited items has increased in the city.

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