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At least 29 states and Union territories in India are already regulating the use of various single-use plastic products, but enforcement has been laidback until now. Plastic bags of less than 50 micron thickness (used by street vendors) are already banned under the Plastic Waste Management Rules 2016 issued by the Centre but poor enforcement means that they continue to be widely available. CK Mishra, Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forests said, “The PM has called for a mass awareness movement asking people to switch to non-plastic alternatives, and where there is no alternative, plastic products should be disposed of properly so that they can be recycled.” Mishra added, “The environment ministry is yet to develop a framework on how extended producer responsibility (EPR) will be enforced so that plastic manufacturers can contribute in waste management.” The environment ministry also suggested that all states come up with legal options to phase out certain single-use plastic products and alternatives to these products. The next couple of years will be burdened with challenges such as the lack of practical and affordable alternatives, rehabilitating about five million people working in the single-use plastic manufacturing sector and enforcing decentralised waste segregation on a gigantic scale so that plastic waste can be recovered and recycled. -AMULYA NINDRAKOLANU
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