Complete ban on plastic, non-woven cloth carry bags from Sept 15

Port Blair
20 Aug 2018

With a vision to make Port Blair a plastic free city, the Port Blair Municipal Council (PBMC), has introduced bio-degradable bags in the local market as a substitute of plastic & non-woven cloth bags, irrespective of nature & thickness. In this regard, a series of meeting was conducted on May 30 and July 12 with shopkeepers, market and other associations, Andaman Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ACCI), Department of Science & Technology (DST) & A&N Pollution Control Committee (ANPCC) for interaction cum sensitization and to get further inputs. Consequently, such bags have been made available in the market as a fit substitute of plastic and non-woven cloth bags, as announced earlier through press and media time to time, to ban on sale, use and production of the plastic and non-woven cloth bags.
Further, the PBMC is giving a final lean period of one month w.e.f. 15th August to dispose of the non-woven cloth/spun bags being stocked with various stakeholders. The people and other stake holders have been cautioned against use of non-woven cloth/plastic carry bags and that from September 15, onwards, anybody found using these bags as per the PBMC-Solid Waste (Handling & Management) Bye-Laws, 2017 under clause 6 (33) ‘Not taking part in the solid waste management system of Port Blair Municipal Council’ will be dealt with sternly.