PM Modi urges world community to ban single-use plastic


New Delhi: The world should say goodbye to single-use plastic, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said at the Climate Meet here on Monday.

PM Modi reiterated India’s resolve to ban single-use plastic. He said “time has come for even the world to say goodbye to single-use plastic”.

Speaking at a world climate change crisis meeting in Delhi, the Prime Minister said that human empowerment was linked to the environment.

PM Modi said the Centre is set to impose a nationwide ban on six plastic items by October 2, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

These six items include plastic bags, cups, plates, small bottles, straws and certain types of sachets. The ban on the first six items of single-use plastics will clip 5% to 10% from India’s annual consumption of about 14 million tonnes of plastic, officials said.

The European Union plans to ban single-use plastic items such as straws, forks, knives and cotton buds by 2021.

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