Indian ships will ban on-board bags of potato chips, bottles and other single-use plastics from January 1

New Delhi, November 3 () On January 1, and Indian ships will ban a large number of single-use plastic products on board, including ice cream containers, cups of hot plates, microwave dishes and bags of potato chips.

The decision has been taken with greater public interest by the General Directorate of Maritime Transport after an appeal by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on August 15 to take the first major step towards the release of single-use plastics in India.

Not only will the use of a large number of single-use plastics on board Indian ships be banned, but it will also be banned on foreign ships when they are in Indian waters.

The General Directorate of Shipping has issued an order that prohibits a large number of single-use plastics in Indian and foreign vessels in Indian waters as of January 2, 2020.

The item list contains bags, trays, containers, food packaging films, milk bottles, freezer bags, shampoo bottles, ice cream containers, bottles for water and other beverages, dispensing containers for cleaning liquids and cookie trays.

Prohibited items also include cups of hot drinks, insulated food containers, protective packaging for fragile items, microwave dishes, ice cream tubs, potato chip bags and bottle caps.

In addition, the Directorate has prohibited the use of cutlery, plates and plastic cups for single use, up to 10 liters of bottles for water and other beverages, garbage and shopping bags and dispensing containers for cleaning liquids of less than 10 liters with immediate impact .

He has ordered the authorities to guarantee during inspections, inspections and audits of Indian ships that single-use plastics are not used/stored on board any Indian ship and added that in case of non-compliance and recidivism it will be a detention case.

He also said that foreign ships that intend to enter Indian waters will have to declare single-use plastic items on board and those items will not be unloaded at Indian ports.

Citing international reports, he said that the most common findings during international coastal cleanups are, in order of magnitude: cigarette butts, plastic bottles, plastic bottle caps, food wrappers, plastic bags, plastic caps, straw and shaker, glass bottles for drinks and other types of plastic bags.

He said that single-use disposable plastics pollute the soil, rivers and water bodies with irreparable damage. According to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), marine litter presents a major problem in the oceans, and some scientists warn that by 2050, the amount of plastics in the oceans will exceed the fish. NAM MKJ