Delhi government to engage with e-commerce and food delivery businesses on SUP ban implementation

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

These companies have a huge business in Delhi and it only increased after the Covid pandemic, they said, stressing the importance of involving them to ensure the success of the campaign.

The government will organize a roundtable with e-commerce companies as well as other stakeholders such as market associations, self-help groups and industry associations to encourage and promote the use of alternatives to single-use plastics , officials said.

Legal experts, MCD, law enforcement officials from DPCC will also be part of the roundtable to be held under the chairmanship of 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 there, officials said.

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

On August 12 last year, the Union Environment Ministry issued a notification prohibiting the manufacture, import, storage, distribution, sale and use of identified SUP products, including including polystyrene and expanded polystyrene from July 1, 2022.

SUP items identified include headphones, plastic balloon sticks, flags, candy sticks, ice cream sticks, polystyrene (thermocol), plates, cups, glasses, forks, spoons, knives, straws, trays, wrap or wrap around candy boxes. , invitation cards, cigarette packets, plastic or PVC banners under 100 microns, stirrers.

In Delhi, the Revenue Department and the Delhi Pollution Control Committee have set up 33 and 15 teams respectively to enforce the ban.

Delhi generates 1,060 tonnes of plastic waste per day. Single-use plastic is estimated at 5.6% (or 56 kg per metric ton) of total solid waste in the capital.


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