16 Mar, 2022
As per Plastic Waste Management (Amendment) Rules, 2021, single-use plastic item “is a plastic commodity intended to be used once for the same purpose before being dispose of or recycled”. Among the most often used plastics are plastic carry bags, plastic food packaging, plastic bottles, straws, containers, cups, and cutlery. On one hand, their price, durability, and hygiene makes them prevalent, and on the other hand, recycling single-use plastics is very challenging. In India, 35 states/UTs estimated 3.4 million metric tonnes of plastic waste generation in 2019-20, which is somewhat more than the plastic waste generated in 2018-19.