01 October 2019
Bhubaneswar: Ban on usage of single-use plastic will come into effect in all urban local bodies (ULBs) across Odisha from Gandhi Jayanti (October 2, Wednesday).
Forest and Environment department Principal Secretary Mona Sharma on behalf of the Governor has issued an order on Monday in this regard.
Sharma has asked the Director, Printing, Stationery and Publication to publish the said order in an extraordinary issue of the Odisha Gazette.
It may be noted here that the State government having considered all the pros and cons of use of polythene bags, thermocol and similar plastic products, the State government restricted the indiscriminate use of certain types of plastic products in five municipal corporations-Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Berhampur, Rourkela, Sambalpur and in Puri municipality in the first phase with effect from October 2, 2018.
"And whereas, the State government have now decided to prohibit single-use plastic in the remaining municipal limits and municipal corporations in the State," reads the order issued by the Forest and Environment department.
According to the order, no person can sell, trade, manufacture, import, store, carry, transport, use polythene carry bags of any shape, thickness and size (excluding compostable); bottled drinking water (PET/PETE) bottles of less than 200ml capacity; single-use disposable cutleries made up of thermocol (polystyrene), polyurethane and the like; or plastic such as dish, spoon, cup, plate, glass, fork, bowl, pouch to store liquid and container etc of any size and shape excepting for packing and selling of milk and other ancillary milk products; and thermocol decorative materials (flowers and the like).