Delhi, India bans plastic bags

Posted by — January 28, 2009 7:11 pm

If you are still carrying groceries or vegetables from the market in plastic bags
or using them to dispose of your garbage, you run the risk of a jail term or fine, or both. An indulgent official machinery may give you time to find alternatives but the ban on the bag was put in place last Saturday and it covers all shopping areas and big eating joints, hotels and hospitals.

The notification is silent on the earlier rider that bags with thickness of 40 microns and more will be allowed. Since it’s difficult to measure the thickness on the spot, the government wants to discourage the use of bags completely and hence the complete ban.

Delhi government officials say they intend giving time to Delhiites to “settle into the situation” and make alternative arrangements before they begin taking action.

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