India halts their single use plastic ban policy for 2022

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India generates more than 25000 tonnes of single use plastic every day. Image by The Advocacy Project on Flickr

Last year, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a ban on single use plastics by 2022.

The government was hoping to reduce the single use plastic items, such as cups and bags, to move towards a more sustainable and environmentally-friendly economy.

However, because India heavily relies on plastic, particularly small businesses, the government halted its plan because it would disrupt the economy without alternatives to substitute plastic.

India generates more than 25,000 tonnes of plastic every day, creating a big environmental issue.

Experts say both India and Australia need to think on strategies to stop relying on plastic, and implement a circular economy, which will benefit the environment.

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