The Union territory of Puducherry located in India has made the decision to ban the production, sale and use of single-use plastic production starting on March 1st of this year according to Chief Minister V Narayanasamy.
“We want to gift a plastic free Puducherry to the future generation and curb the plastic in the larger interest of environment,” he told reporters after a cabinet meeting.
This decision adds to the ban already being put in place by the neighboring Tamil Nadu government whom announced that it would ban the use of plastic items including non-biodegradable carry bags from January 1, 2019.
A nominated BJP legislator had staged a ‘dharna’ on December 31, asking for an immediate ban on the production, sale and use of plastic products in the Union Territory on the lines of Tamil Nadu.
A dharna is a non-violent sit-in protest used as a means of obtaining compliance with a demand for justice, state response of criminal cases, or payment of a debt.
Puducherry is the 29th most populous and the third most densely populated of the states and union territories of India.
With roughly eight million tonnes of plastic entering the ocean this year and while 80 % of total plastic consumption in India is discarded as waste and official statistics say the country generates 25, 940 tonnes of plastic waste daily
The decision is a monumental step forward that will hopefully allow the rest of the nation to follow the same path.