Assam enforces ban on plastic water bottles of less than 1000ml

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The Assam government implemented a ban on plastic water bottles of less than 1000 ml capacity with effect from October 2.

An Overview of the News

  • The Environment and Forest Department of Assam has issued this notification to address environmental concerns.

  • Aims to ban plastic water bottles of less than 1000 ml capacity.

  • The primary goal is to tackle the problem of plastic pollution and promote sustainable behavior.

  • This initiative demonstrates Assam's commitment to protecting the state's natural resources and diverse ecosystems.

  • Minister of Environment and Forests of Assam - Chandra Mohan Patowary

Special attention on PET bottles:

  • Assam had earlier expressed its intention to ban polyethylene terephthalate (PET) water bottles of less than 1000 ml.

  • Formal implementation took place through a firm notification issued by the Assam Environment and Forest Department on 23 August.

  • The ban covers various aspects including the manufacture, import, storage, distribution, and sale of plastic water bottles falling under the specified capacity.

Legal authorization and implementation of the plastic water bottle ban:

  • Scope of the ban: Ban on plastic water bottles of less than 1000 ml capacity.

  • Legal Basis: Environment (Protection) Act, 1986.

  • Source of Authority: Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India under section 23 of the Act.

  • Effective date: The ban will be effective from October 2.

About Assam

Formation (as a state) - 26 January 1950

Capital - Dispur

Language - Assamese

Chief Minister - Himanta Biswa Sarma

Governor - Gulab Chand Kataria

Rajya Sabha - 7 seats

Lok Sabha - 14 seats

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