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Plastic ban in all urban areas from Oct 2

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Plastic ban in all urban areas from Oct 2

Wednesday, 18 September 2019 | PNS | BHUBANESWAR

Use of plastic would be banned in all the urban areas of the State from October 2, Gandhi Jayanti day, said Forest and Environment Minister Bikram Keshari Arukha on Tuesday.

The ban would be imposed on polythene carry bags of any shape, thickness and size (excluding compostable), polyethylene terephthalate (PET/PETE) bottles of less than 200 ml capacity, single-use disposable cutleries made of thermocol (polystyrene), polyurethane and similar products; or plastic such as dish, spoon, cup, plate, glass, fork, bowl, pouch to store liquid and container of any size and shape except for packing and selling of milk and ancillary milk products and thermocol decorative materials, official sources said.

The department has invited suggestions/objections in this connection from public for consideration within 15 days from the date of publication of an order dated September 10, 2019.

Earlier, the ban on plastic usage had come into force in six cities, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Brahmapur, Rourkela, Sambalpur and Puri, on October 2 last year.

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