Enforcing ban on Single Use Plastic: Specific Inputs Sought

This morning, the honorable Prime Minister outlined the importance of environment conservation, especially minimizing single use plastic. Enforcing the single use plastic and polythene ban is extremely challenging on a sustained basis.
With this post, we seek your specific inputs on how the single use plastic ban can be effectively enforced.

Below are some of your previous inputs on what should be done to reduce use of plastic and poly packaging in India.

How to eliminate use of Plastic Bags/Poly Packaging

1.A complete ban on plastic bags should be implemented by Central and all State Governments
2.Manufacturing polybags should be made an offence
3.A crackdown should be made on the factories manufacturing plastic bags
4.Use of Jute Bags should be glamourized made mandatory in malls and shopping complexes instead of plastic bags
5.Citizens should carry a jute bag with them whenever they step out into the market
6.Use of paper bags should be promoted
7.Shopkeepers found using plastic bags should be fined
8.Plastic packaging of the products should be stopped
9. Awareness should be spread amongst the masses as to why elimination of plastic bags is important for the benefit of all
10.Media should be used extensively and effectively (with high impact ads) to stop using the polybags and save environment
11.The health hazards which plastic bags pose need to highlighted through mass media campaigns, on the same lines as anti-tobacco campaigns
12.Government should invest in the R&D to find a suitable and cheap substitute to plastic bags for packing of products
13. Use of poly bags could be discouraged through taxation
14.Buyers should be made to pay a significant extra amount to use plastic bags. This way they will start avoiding it. more  

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Dear All. When a Govt can take tough measures like abolishing artical 370 and NRC, why not strict ban on manufacturing of single use poly bags. more  
An alternate must be implemented to ban plastic completely and it must start from FMCG companies then from small and large scale industries once the production is stopped completely then there will be no plastic in market for use hence the environment and people will surely become plastic free.
But it requires huge will power, corrupt free bureaucracy, corrupt free government and environmentally cautious oriented public.
Once this is met defently we can make our India plastic else there will be only big saying as well as promises by ministers on TV screens, news and on social media and we will keep on using it without caring for environment and ourselves. more  
Manufacturing polybags should be made an offence. Alternative eco-friendly carry bag can be introduced for the convenience of public. more  
Some of the biggest industries producing single use plastics are Aviation Industry and Packaging Industry. They generate considerable volumes of plastic and should innovate ideas to eliminate plastics from their daily use. Paper containers for food and water in Aviation Industry and packaging with corrugated thick paper by the packaging industry may be some ideas to explore. more  
First of all ,we must realize that neither baningof plastic manufacturing nor use of plastic is practically feasible or possible .So stop talking about banning plastic materials in foolish manners.Our objective should be to make it's collection &recycling more efficient .
There are many products which can be manufactured from recycled plastic materials including road construction &many other important products.
But visionary approach has to be implemented by adopting Tubular Pipe Line System in Sewer Drainage System to replace open brick work masonry ducts /conduits /naali/naalaa system.,which are usually choked due to various littered plastic materials &other floating materials .So we should install PVC pipe in every society drainage system ,particularly first in congested localities &markets ,then in various societies &business complexes .These piped drainage system will have filters at the inlet side to sieve all floating materials .In the closed pipe system ,no littered floating material will enter in the drainage system ,so no choking problem will occur .By my estimate ,even cleaning of closed pipe drainage system will be far more easier &will cost less by about 70% in terms of labour requirements ,so it's financial feasibility of investment will also be there .There would be no overflowing sewerage ,no water logging etc also .Tubular piping system can be installed in passed manners ..In Big Drain Ducts Nallahs ,we would use multiple pipes of size 12'-24' but I mohallas &congested localities nails ,3-4" dia pipes can be used .In pipe system ,less silt deposition will take place &decomposition of organic materials will be mostly aerobic reactions with least emissions of toxic gases like H2S ,CH4 NH3 3etc .Project cost will be around ....Say,..5 crore /100km to install PVC pipes in brick work ducts in mohalla etc .....We should introduce Tubular pipeline Drainage System as part of Smart City Programmes ......Krishna Kumar Sharma ,M.Sc.Tech.,Innovator in multidisciplinary fields of engineering activities &civic projects of public interest .... more  
It is absolutely wrong to think that banning single use plastic is foolish or not feasible/possible. If it is banned at production stage itself and implemented properly it will definitely work wonders. As PM has rightly pointed out it will automatically promote jute and cloth products or paper bags. Only because of easy availability plastic bags are used. What was the practice a few decades back. It was only cloth bags, jute bags or paper packaging. Why not we go back to the good old ways when it is beneficial to the country and the entire universe? more  
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