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Partial plastic bag ban in India to help save the environment

The government of India in New Delhi  has introduced new laws banning plastic bags thinner than 50 microns, which make up the bulk of the millions of plastic bags thrown away in India every year.

Plastic bags.
Plastic bags. Image by velkr0 / CC BY 2.0

The new rules also create a legal requirement for companies to collect and segregate plastic waste at source as well as paying an environmental fee for its disposal. Once the law comes into force, shopkeepers will only be allowed to provide plastic bags for shoppers if they have a government license, and strict penalties will apply to transgressors. Read more: timesofindia.indiatimes.com