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Environment Ministry Asks States And UTs To Avoid Single-Use Plastic Material During 2019 Elections
In order to curb pollution during preparations for Lok Sabha elections, the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has asked states and the Union Territories to avoid single-use plastic for preparation of polls. The ministry has also asked them to find an alternative material for the election campaigns.
In a letter to all the states and UTs, C K Mishra, Secretary, MoEFCC, has asked to completely phase out single-use plastic from India by 2020.
According to news agency PTI, Mishra in his letter said, "You are aware of India's commitment to phase out single-use plastic by 2020. The ill-impacts of plastic waste, which are not recyclable or bio-degradable, are well known. I had earlier written to you with a request to phase out single-use plastic in offices. I am again reiterating the request, particularly with reference to the upcoming general elections."
"All events organised by or sponsored by the government shall be single-use plastic free," he said, adding that awareness campaigns should be organised to discourage single-use plastic.
Single-use plastic means plastic used for packaging the items which get thrown once the item is unpacked. The ministry suggested paper material as an alternative.
"Such materials need to be promoted as a sustainable and environmentally sound management practice." "In this background, I would like to request you to impress upon all concerned to take up sustainable practices and try using alternative options to single-use plastic.
This will go a long way in fulfilling India's commitment of phasing out single-use plastic as well as protecting human health and environment," he said.