The Delhi government will work with e-commerce and food suppliers on the implementation of the SUP ban

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The Delhi government plans to work with various e-commerce companies and food delivery platforms, including Zomato, Swiggy, Amazon and Flipkart, to effectively implement the ban on single-use plastic (SUP) items in the capital, officials said on Saturday.

These firms have huge business in Delhi and it has only increased after the Covid pandemic, they said, stressing that it is important to get them on board to ensure the campaign is a success.

The government will hold a roundtable conference with the e-commerce companies along with other stakeholders such as market bodies, support groups and industry associations to encourage and promote the use of alternatives to single-use plastics, officials said.

Legal experts, MCD, enforcement officials from DPCC will also be part of the roundtable, which will be chaired by Environment Minister Gopal Rai, they said.

The government is holding a “Plastic Vikalp Mela” at Thyagraj Stadium, which will culminate on July 3, and the conference will be held at the venue, officials said.

Interestingly, some online platforms have already started the concept of “plastic neutral deliveries”.

On August 12 last year, the Union Ministry of the Environment issued a notice restricting the manufacture, import, storage, distribution, sale and use of identified SUP goods, including polystyrene and expanded polystyrene, from July 1 banned in 2022.

Identified SUP items include earplugs, plastic balloon sticks, flags, candy sticks, ice cream sticks, Styrofoam (thermocol), plates, cups, glasses, forks, spoons, knives, straws, trays, wrapping or wrapping foil around candy boxes, invitation cards, cigarette boxes , Plastic or PVC banners less than 100 microns and stir sticks.

In Delhi, the Revenue Department and the Delhi Pollution Control Committee have formed 33 and 15 teams, respectively, to ensure enforcement of the ban.

Delhi generates 1,060 tons of plastic waste per day. Single-use plastic is estimated to make up 5.6 percent (or 56 kg per tonne) of all solid waste in the capital.



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