Deputy Commissioner Mokokchung, Shashank Pratap Singh (IAS) has informed to all concerned that as per  Government of Nagaland notification on “Ban on Single-Use Plastics (SUPs), the following identified Single-Used Plastic items which have low utility and high littering potential are thereby prohibited.

The manufacture, import, stocking, distribution, sale and use of carry bag made of virgin or recycled plastic shall not be less than 75 (seventy five) microns in thickness w.e.f the 30th Sept. 2021 and 120 (one hundred and twenty ) microns in thickness w.e.f the 31st December 2022.

Further a non woven plastic bag shall not be less than 60 gram per square meter (GSM) w.e.f the 30th Sept. 2022. The manufacture, import, stocking, distribution, sale and use of the following single use plastic including polystyrene and expanded polystyrene commodities shall be prohibited w.e.f the 1st July, 2022, Ear buds with plastic sticks, plastic sticks for balloons, plastic flags, candy sticks, ice cream sticks, polystyrene (Thermocol) for decoration.

Plates, cups, glasses, cutlery such as forks, spoons knives, straws, trays, wrapping or packing films around sweet boxes, invitation cards and cigarette packets, plastic or polyvinyl chloride (PVC) banners less than 100 micron. All other clauses mandated in the “Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016” and “Plastic Waste Management (Amendment) Rules, 2021`” should be strictly adhered to.

Therefore, all individuals, institutions and commercial establishments are thereby directed to strictly adhere and implement the same in true spirit in their respective establishments/jurisdiction. As resolved in the DPDB meeting on 14th April 2022, all the HoDs in Mokokchung district are directed to ensure that no “Single-Use Plastic” shall be used in any official functions.

The District administration& Sub-Divisional Administration/Urban Local Bodies shall decide and levy penalties against the defaulters in their jurisdiction. A District Task Force has been constituted to strictly monitor and function as Squad for vigilance purposes.

(Source: DPRO, Mokokchung)