A few weeks ago, India announce a ban on single-use plastics that would take affect in 2022 and was credited as a monumental move in reducing plastic waste in our environment. Well it seems that the city of Mumbai wants to get that ban to take place much quicker as they have become India’s largest city to have a single-use plastic ban enforced right now.
Mumbai’s ban will include plastic bags, cups and bottles that will be hard banned and residents caught with the items will be fined up to 25,000 rupees (365 USD) and three months in jail.
The city will enforce the ban with council inspectors who will be wearing navy blue jackets. These officials will be posted across the city to ensure businesses and residents follow the ban.
Since the ban started on July 2nd, 2018, penalties have already been given out to several businesses including a McDonald’s and Starbucks.
India recently hosted World Enivormental Day where they made the announcement that single-use plastics will be banned across the country. Currently, about 6.3 billion tons of plastic globally has been discarded into the environmental since 1950 and the pace is expected to continue as plastic in the ocean will triple by 2025.
India has among the highest rates of mismanaging plastic waste in the world, according to a 2015 study. Strewn plastic wrappers, cups and bags are a common sight on the streets of Indian cities and beaches and make up part of the mountain-sized landfills on the outskirts of major metropolitan areas such Delhi.
The news is another huge step forward as we fight to reduce plastic pollution. We can continue to work towards reducing total plastic usage everyday by reaching out to local business and elected officials and forcing change.