rules to make Tamil Nadu plastic free
As we know, the
Government of India is progressively taking various legal initiatives to stop
plastic pollution by making some provisions and amendments in the Environment
(Protection) Act 1988. With reference to this act, Government of Tamil Nadu has
taken a step forward to ban the usage of some kind of plastic items
(Environment and Forests Department, T.N. G.O. No: 84, dated 25/06/2018).
As per the government
order cited above, the Tamil Nadu Government has banned the usage of one-time
use and throwaway plastics from 1st January 2019. This excellent legislation is
designed to protect Tamil Nadu from plastic pollution.
Rules which ban the
production, storage, supply, transport, sale and distribution of one-time use
plastics are extremely effective. They are successful because they target all
sections of society– manufacturer, supplier, shopkeeper and customer. This
progressive initiative taken by the State of Tamil Nadu leads by example for
the rest of the nation.
Please find below some
key aspects of the new rules along with science-based facts why these items
have been banned in Tamil Nadu.
Globally we use 2 million plastic bags each minute.
97% of plastic bags do not get recycled.
Animals eat plastic bags by accident as they contain food. A cow
was found with over 70 kilos of plastic in its stomach.
Dirty plastics (like a used plate) are difficult to recycle.
Most one-time use plates are made from Polystyrene (resin code #
6) which is harmful to your health.
Plates will be used for just 20 minutes but stay in the
environment for over a 1,000 years.
Water pouches are often littered, increasing plastic pollution.
The blue print (ink) on the clear plastic pouch decreases the
Once a water pouch is used, it is difficult to recycle as it
contains leftover water and gets covered in dirt.
Plastic straws are too lightweight and small to be recycled.
Straws are one of the top 10 items which are found in the plastic
pollution in oceans.
90% of seabirds have ingested plastics such as straws.
Plastic sheets used on top of plates get dirty and cannot be
More chemicals leak from plastic into food when it is hot, spicy
Animals such as cows, goats, and dogs eat plastic by accident
because it smells like food.