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Title: Enforce rules to eliminate single-use carry bags: Centre to states
Source:The Times of India
Date:7 May 2018

Being the global host of this year's World Environment Day (June 5) with 'Beat Plastic Pollution' as its theme, the Centre has written to all states and Union Territories to undertake a massive campaign against use of single-use plastics and enforce rules to ensure elimination of plastic carry bags of less than 50 microns in thickness. Though the Centre had banned polythene bags below 50 microns in thickness across the country in 2016, most states have so far failed to enforce it amid resistance from small businesses and vendors. Absence of alternatives has been cited by stakeholders as an obstacle even as environmentalists dismissed it as a lack of will on the part of civic bodies.

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