Single-use plastic items will face ban in Kerala from January 1. Officially, the ban will come into effect from midnight (Dec 31-Jan1).
Though merchants have expressed their opposition to the ban, the government has decided to go ahead with the it.
A detailed guidelines will come out very soon. Eleven kinds of plastic items including carry bag have been banned. The production as well as the sale of the above items will be punishable under law. The first time offence will be fined Rs 10,000 and the second-time offender will have to pay Rs 20,000 fine. If it again continues, the fine will be Rs 50,000.
Plastic-coated paper cup, straw
Film pasted on window panes of vehicles
Plastic Plate, cup, spoon etc
Plastic Juice packet
PVC flex items
Pet bottle below 300 ml
The production, sale and storage of plastic will be banned. The ban is applicable to individuals as well as companies. However, the ban will not touch plastic coverings of brand products, milk and bottles in which liquor and water are sold.
Packets used to store grains, sugar, fish and meat have been excluded from the ban. On the other hand, covers used for packing fruits and vegetables have been banned.