Plastic Ban In Urban Odisha From October 2

The Odisha government, following in the footsteps of the Centre, may impose a state-wide ban on single-use plastic from October 2. Speaking with media persons, Forest and Environment Minister Bikram Keshari Arukh said all plastic products will be banned in all Notified Area Councils, Municipalities and Municipal Corporations in the State from the day of Gandhi Jayanti. “The proposal to introduce a total ban on harmful plastic products is waiting for chief minister’s approval,” he added.

Before approving the final decision, the government has sought opinions and objections from the public on the proposal of imposing a blanket ban on single-use plastic bags, straws, bottles, glasses and cutlery items within 15 days.

“The Odisha government has already prohibited the use of single-use plastics in the five municipal corporations — Cuttack, Bhubaneswar, Berhampur, Rourkela and Sambalpur — and Puri municipality. It now plans to extend it to all urban local bodies on October 2. We request people to cooperate with the government and support the cause of saving the environment,” Arukh said.

This decision came after banning single-use plastic in six cities last year, though the government hadn’t enforced it properly. The forest and environment department is consigned with the responsibility of enforcing the plastic ban.