Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami today announced that from January 2019, TN will be plastic free.
“The decision which is taken on World Environment day today will be a gift for the future generation,” he said, while speaking under Rule 110 of the Assembly.
He said based on the recommendations of the expert panel constituted by late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, the government decided to enforce the ban
as disposal of plastic materials affected the flow of waste waterand drainage and affected the ground water resources.
Noting that such dumpings also leads to water stagnation, resulting in spread of malaria and dengue, Palaniswami said “to ensure a better and pollution-free environment for our next generation, the government has decided to ban manufacture and use of such plastic products from January 1, 2019.”
“The team has suggested that exception can be given to use plastic covers for milk, curd, oil and medicines. They have recommended the usage of traditional banana and lotus leaves,” he said.
Seeking the cooperation of the people and traders in implementing the ban, the Chief Minister said dumping of plastic products was a major cause for pollution
and contamination of ground water, since they prevented rain water from percolating deeper into soil and recharge ground water levels.