The Delhi government plans to work with several e-commerce companies and food delivery platforms, including Zomato, Swiggy, Amazon and Flipkart, to effectively implement the ban on single-use plastic (SUP) items in the capital, officials said. Saturday.
These companies have a huge business in Delhi and it has only grown after the Covid pandemic, they said, stressing the importance of getting them on board to ensure the campaign is a success.
The government will hold a roundtable with the e-commerce companies along with other stakeholders such as market associations, self-help groups and industry associations to encourage and promote the use of alternatives to single-use plastics, officials said.
Legal experts, MCD, enforcement officers from DPCC will also be part of the roundtable to be held under the chairmanship of Environment Minister Gopal Rai, they said.
The government is holding a “Plastic Vikalp Mela” at Thyagraj Stadium, which will end on July 3 and the conference will be held at the venue, officials said.
Interestingly, some online platforms have already started using the concept of ‘plastic neutral deliveries’.
On August 12 last year, the Union Ministry of Environment had issued a notice banning the manufacture, import, storage, distribution, sale and use of identified SUP goods, including polystyrene and expanded polystyrene, from July 1, 2022.
The identified SUP items are earplugs, plastic sticks for balloons, flags, candy sticks, ice cream sticks, polystyrene (thermocol), plates, cups, glasses, forks, spoons, knives, straws, trays, wrapping or wrapping films around candy boxes, invitation cards, cigarette packs , plastic or PVC banners smaller than 100 microns and stirrers.
In Delhi, the Revenue Department and the Delhi Pollution Control Committee formed 33 and 15 teams respectively to ensure enforcement of the ban.
Delhi produces 1060 tons of plastic waste per day. Single-use plastic is estimated to account for 5.6 percent (or 56 kg per metric ton) of the capital’s total solid waste.