SHIMLA: After Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh Government is all set to ban the use of plastic and thermocol cutlery in the state.
The ban that comes under Non-Biodegradable Garbage (Control) Act, 1995, will come into effect within three months and will be applicable for both individuals and commercial establishments, an official spokesperson said here on Saturday.
Breach of the law shall be liable for the penalty ranging from Rs 500 to Rs 25,000. This would not only help in environment conservation but also promote eco-tourism in the State, he said.
There would be a stop for commercial establishments to vendors of using cups, plates, glasses, spoons or any other items made out of thermocol or plastic in the state, once the law came into effect.
Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on 'World Environment Day' had announced to impose a blanket ban on the use of plastic and thermocol cutlery in the State.
It was observed that despite the complete ban on polythene bags, plastic cutlery still using in the state and therefore desired results have not been achieved.