With effect from 1st July 2022, the Centre has banned the manufacture, import, stocking, distribution, sale, and use of all identified single use plastic (SUP) items, which have low utility and high littering potential. The initiative which is a part of the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav is a vital step to curb plastic pollution that has a detrimental effect on both terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.
SUPs consist of items that are discarded after one use and cannot be recycled.
In keeping with this countrywide SUP ban, awareness activities were held in the villages of Pemurde, Kariyangala and Gurupura in Mangaluru Taluk of Dakshina Kannada district in Karnataka under the Swachh Bharat Mission Grameen (SBM-G).
With the collaboration of various NGOs, the street shows were taken from house to house with artists creating awareness about SUPs in a dramatic fashion, stirring enthusiasm and delight of the audiences as they conveyed messages on this important issue.
The highlight of their act was the person dressed in an outfit made of discarded plastics, with a message about the hazardous effect that plastic has on all living creatures.
Participating in the event were Gram Panchayats functionaries, panchayat development officers, elected representatives, frontline workers, school children and the general public.
The GPs in which the street performances were held passed resolutions banning SUP the very same day.
Among the banned items which are the largest contributors to plastic pollution are – earbuds with plastic sticks, plastic sticks for balloons, plastic flags, candy sticks, ice-cream sticks, polystyrene (thermocol) for decoration, plates, cups, glasses, cutlery such as forks, spoons, knives, straw, trays, wrapping or packing films around sweet boxes, invitation cards, and cigarette packets, plastic or PVC banners less than 100 microns and stirrers.