INDIA: STATES ITS INTENTION TO CLAMP DOWN ON SINGLE USE PLASTIC
October 24, 2019
The Indian Director General of Shipping (DGS) issued an Order on 16 October (no. 5 of 2019) stating that single use plastics would be banned on ships in Indian waters with effect from January next year. The Order also contained a clause saying that some plastics would be banned with immediate effect (including cutlery, plastic bags and water bottles less than 10 litres).
However, we have checked with our correspondents in Mumbai (who have contacted the DGS for clarification) and it appears that the Order is not yet in force and the authorities are still working on the details of when and how to enforce the regulations. As soon as we have more news, we will update Members and, in the meantime, please contact local agents for up to date information.