The administration has banned the usage of non-woven bags, which are rampantly being used by shopkeepers, traders, manufacturers and suppliers across the city.
Officials appointed for the implementation of the ban are designated to impose `5,000 fine per violation.
UT environment department director Santosh Kumar on Tuesday said, “The coloured non- woven bags were checked by a team of experts, who confirmed they are more harmful than polybags as they can’t be recycled. Plus the usage of colour is also harmful.”
He asked the city residents and shopkeepers to come up with other alternatives such as cloth, paper or jute bags.
Going ahead with its drive to implement a complete ban on polythene use, the administration has made it clear that those using bio-degradable bags should have a valid licence, which will be issued by a government-approved laboratory.
During a meeting regarding implementation of the ban, it was decided that manufacturers and suppliers using coloured/ non- coloured non- woven plastic bags, bio-degradable or photo degradable carry bags would have to obtain a valid license from the Central Pollution Control Board or any other government approved laboratories.
Highlighting the directions of the National Green Tribunal, it was decided that no polythene bags, plastic plates or plastic glasses and such allied items should be used.
“Officers appointed for the implementation of the ban are designated to impose environmental compensation of `5,000 per event against violators,” states the order issued by the environment secretary.
The fine amount thus collected will be deposited in a separate account, which will be maintained by the UT Pollution Control Committee. The funds will further be used for spreading environmental awareness.
All banquet hall, hotel, canteen owners would be made aware about the NGT ruling, it was stated during the meet.
SUGGEST WAYS TO MAKE CITY POLYTHENE FREE
To make the city a polythene and pollution-free place, the administration will start live discussion on its portal mygov.in. The discussion will be launched in a day, confirmed the officials, adding the residents would also be able to upload pictures highlighting these issues.