As per the G.O. (Ms). No. 84 Environment and Forests (EC.2) Department dated 25.06.2018, ban on one-time use and throwaway plastic will come into effect from 01.01.2019.
As per Tamil Nadu Government Notification, use of plastic carry bags irrespective of thickness and size is banned in Tamilnadu from 01.01.2019 onwards.
Non woven carry bags made up of plastic and hence covered under the banned items.
Cups and plates made of thermocol is also a kind of thermoplastic covered under the banned items.
As per test report of CIPET, paper cups are made of paper substrate coated with ethylene /poly vinyl acetate which is a synthetic polymer which is not easily bio-degradable. Hence banned.
Cloth and jute bags, palm leaf products, metalware, glassware, ceramicware etc.
Compostable plastics mean – plastic that under goes degradation by biological processes during composting to yield carbon dioxide, water, inorganic compounds and bio-mass at a rate consistent with other known compostable materials, excluding conventional petro based plastic and does not leave visible, distinguishable or toxic residue.
Compostable plastics may be of starch or protein based depending on the source material.
The compostable plastic carry bags shall confirm to Indian Standards: IS: 17088: 2008. The manufacturers and sellers of compostable plastic carry bags, shall obtain certificate from Central Pollution Control Board before marketing or selling.
Compostable plastic carry bags are allowed as per the Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016.
Plastics used for primary packaging is permitted. (i.e). used for packaging oil, and grocery items. Plastic bag used to seal the goods in integral packing are not banned. Food grade plastics as per ISI and Food Safety Standards can be used for packing. Visit website
Compostable carry bags can be used
Food grade plastics as per ISI and Food Safety Standards can be used for packing. Visit website
Plastic water bottles and pet bottles are not in the banned list.
All the recyclable plastics are not banned, only one time use and throwaway plastics, which are being abused and littered indiscriminately are banned.
Multilayer plastic items cannot be recycled. It can be used for co-processing in Cement kiln, road laying, waste to energy through pyrolysis.
The poly bags used for any type of packaging is not banned.
As per the G.O. (Ms). No. 84 Environment and Forests (EC.2) Department dated 25.06.2018,
a) Commissioners, in respect of the Municipal Corporations and the District Collectors, in respect of the local areas other than Municipal Corporations shall ensure prevention of storage, supply, transport, sale, distribution and use of the banned plastic items.
b) District Environmental Engineers of Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board will ensure prevention of manufacturing of banned plastic items.
Those who violate the ban notification, action will taken by the prescribed authorities.
The accumulated plastic waste may be handed over to the local body (or) to the TNPCB registered plastic recyclers. Registered plastic recyclers list can be downloaded from TNPCB web site: Visit website
Plastic is a petroleum based polymer product. It contains an essential ingredient of high polymer such as polyethylene terephthalate, high density polyethylene, Vinyl, low density polyethylene, polypropylene, polystyrene resins, multi-materials like acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, polyphenylene oxide, polycarbonate, Polybutylene terephthalate
Plastics are classified into seven categories based on the chemical it is made of and composition as PETE,HDPE, LDPE, PP,PS, PV and others.
Plastic is a manmade material having multiple advantages however littering is the cause for its evilness.
The single use plastics finally land up in soil, water bodies, drainages etc resulting in preventing ground water recharge, overflowing of drainages, stagnation of water and causes epidemics.
With nature’s influence, plastics will take more than 200 years to degrade.
Plastic waste should not be burned in open atmosphere. When plastic is burnt along with municipal wastes in open atmosphere, it will release toxic emission like dioxins, furan etc which are carcinogens.
Reduce, reuse, recycle and recover of plastics.
There are two kinds of plastics, namely thermoplastics and thermosetting plastics.
Thermoplastics can only be recycled.
Thermosetting plastic waste can be co- incinerated in cement kilns.
Sports goods, furniture, kitchenware, other household articles.
It is not advisable as leaching of toxins is expected.
The household wastes should be segregated in three separate streams namely bio-degradable, non bio-degradable and domestic hazardous wastes in suitable bins and handover segregated wastes to waste pickers or waste collectors as per the direction by the local bodies.
Extended Producer Responsibility means the responsibility of a producer for environmentally sound management of their product until the end of its life.
Producer Responsibility Organization means Organization carrying out the responsibility of taking back the waste recognized by its producer.
In this regard, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Department, Government of Tamil Nadu may be contacted in the following address.
Commissionarate of Industries and Commerce,
SIDCO Corporate Building (2nd and 3rd Floor),
District Industries Centre in the respective District.
District Environmental Engineer, Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board. Contact address can be seen in TNPCB website.Visit website
Joining hands with NGOs, Government Organisations to make Tamil Nadu plastic pollution free State.