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No more plastic: India bans single-use cups, straws and spoons

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New Delhi

India on Friday banned some single-use or single-use plastic products as part of a federal plan to phase out the ubiquitous material in the country of nearly 1.4 billion people.

For the first phase, it has identified 19 plastic items that are not very useful but have great potential to become litter and make it illegal to manufacture, import, stock, distribute or sell them. These items range from plastic cups and straws to popsicle sticks. Some disposable plastic bags are also being phased out and replaced by thicker ones.

Thousands of other plastic products – such as bottles for water or soft drinks or bags of crisps – are not covered by the ban. But the federal government has set goals for manufacturers to be responsible for recycling or disposing of them after use.

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