Even nearly 10 months after the ban on single-use plastic products, their use is still rampant in most parts of the country. Though some of the bulk consumers of these materials have switched to their biodegradable alternatives, most other producers, sellers, and consumers of the use-and-throw plastic stuff have continued their business as usual. More worryingly, there has been hardly any noticeable improvement in the system of collection and safe disposal of discarded plastic material, thereby exacerbating the menace of plastic pollution. Apart from littering roads and piling up at landfill sites, thrown-away plastic products have now begun to find their way into water bodies. The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) recently conceded the point that the use of disposable plastic items, particularly thin carrybags, continued unabated in the low-end section of the economy. A recent anti-plastic drive carried out in Kerala between March 23 and April 4 led to the confiscation of
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