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Chhattisgarh government to declare state as plastic-free soon

RAIPUR: Chhattisgarh government has decided to declare state as ‘plastic carry bag free state’ from January 1, 2015. According to a notification issued by urban administration and development department, plastic bag causes environmental damage and health hazards.

The order said plastic bags cause blockages in drains and leads to serious environmental problem. In order to prevent such environmental hazards, the government has decided to declare Chhattisgarh as a plastic bag free area. No person, including shopkeepers, retailers, wholesalers, traders, vendors should use plastic carry bags from January 1 and no person should manufacture, store, import, sell or transport plastic carry bag in state, added the order.

The notification clearly stated that words ‘plastic’ and ‘carry bags’ should have the same meaning as defined under the Plastic Waste (Management and Handling) Rules, 2011. Containers used for packaging food material, milk and raising plants in nurseries are not carry bags.

Government has asked people to send in their objections and suggestions regarding its decision within 30 days. Citizens or any individual, who is likely to get affected by this decision, can present their objection or suggestion to principal secretary of state urban administration and development department, stated the notification.