West Bengal declares ban on SUPs from July 1

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From July 1, the West Bengal government will outlaw single-use plastics (SUPs). Plastic carry bags with a thickness of less than 75 microns will now be illegal to produce, stock, distribute, sell, or use.

The WB Pollution Control Board is offering a reward in exchange for information on the manufacture, storage, sale, and use of banned plastic compounds. The Department of the Environment has also resolved to take severe measures in response to the violation of the rule. There are reportedly 191 units manufacturing plastic bags across the state. All the manufacturers have been served a copy of the notification and fines on violators will be increased, reports The Times of India.

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