07 Mar – India announces complete ban on plastic waste imports
On March 6, India’s Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change introduced an amendment to the existing scrap import restrictions in the country.
As per the amendment, the Ministry has widened the scope of scrap plastic imports ban to include Special Economic Zones (SEZ) and Export Oriented Units (EOU) of the country. The ban applied to most non-halogenated polymers and co-polymers, including ethylene, styrene, PP, PET, ACN, butadiene, and polyamides.
India adopted a ban on imports of plastic or mixed plastic waste in 2016, but certain exceptions were granted for designated economic development areas.
Earlier last year, India announced its commitment to eliminate all single-use plastics by 2022.