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Govt rules out blanket ban on use of plastic bags

New Delhi: The Government today ruled out a blanket ban on plastic bags and said waste management at the local level should be improved to ensure that the waste did not become an environmental hazard.

Replying to a question on plastic waste, Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh said in the Lok Sabha that “a blanket ban (on plastic bags) is not advisable.”

He said plastic is inherently not a public health hazard, but the inability to collect plastic waste leads to health hazards.

Ramesh recalled that 20 years ago plastic bags were introduced to check deforestation.

He said economic incentives like charging money for plastic bags could dissuade people from using it.

The minister said several pilgrim centres like Tirupati, Dwarika, Sabarimala and Vaishno Devi have banned the use of plastic.

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