To enforce the ban on the usage of plastic in the city, the district administration of Gautam Budh Nagar has decided to take tough action against the vendors, traders and users. The state government, on July 15, enforced a ban on plastic across all cities.
The Uttar Pradesh Plastic and other Non-Biodegradable Garbage (Regulation of Use and Disposal) Act, 2000, was amended and an ordinance 2018 was issued. According to the ordinance, there is a provision of penalties and imprisonment on the person/institution which violates it.
The district administration decided to restrict the plastic use in three phases. In the first phase, less than 50 microns of plastic was banned from July 15. Also, as per the plastic waste management rules, 2016, their use and production have been banned.
In the second phase, which will start from August 15, cups, plates, teaspoon and other materials of plastic and thermocol will be banned.
In the third phase, which will start from October 2, there will be a restriction on the production and use of all the disposable polythene bags.
There are also provisions of hefty fines on the use of plastic bags. There is a fine of Rs 1000 on storage of 100-gram polythene.
If a consumer gets caught using plastic bag then an enforcement team would impose a penalty between Rs 1,000 and Rs 10,000. There is a fine of Rs 2,000 on the storage of polythene bags weighing between 101 gm to 500 gm.
There is a fine of Rs 10,000 on plastic bags weighing between 1 kg to 5 kg. Fine of Rs 25,000 will be imposed on the storage of 5 kg of plastic bags. If a plastic is thrown into a river, stream, pond, road etc. by an institution/commercial institution/hotel/restaurant, then there is a provision of a fine of Rs 25,000.
Similarly, a fine of Rs 1,000 will be imposed on the person who disposes of plastic bags in the wrong manner.
There is also a provision of six months to one year of jail with a penalty on production, sales, distribution, storage, transport of plastic bags.