DERGAON, May 2 - The Golaghat district administration has banned the use of polythene carry bags less that 50 microns in thickness.
As per directions of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) in terms of rule 13 of the Plastic Waste Management (PWM) Rules, 2016, framed under the Environment Protection Act 1986, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) issued directions to implement the 50 microns thickness norms.
The norms are applicable to industries related to manufacture and recycle of plastic carry bags.
Issuing the ban order, Golaghat Deputy Commissioner Dhiren Hazarika said large-scale use of plastic carry bags was polluting the environment and leading to ecological imbalance.
He also observed that sale and use of carry bags made of recycled plastic for storing , carrying, dispensing or packaging food stuff was harmful, unscientific and not eco-friendly. Under the Plastic Waste (Management and Handling) Rules, 2011, the order prohibits any person from manufacturing, stocking, distributing or selling any carry bags made of original or recycled or compostable plastic less than 50 microns in thickness.