Kohima: The deputy commissioner (DC)of Dimapur, Kevekha Kevin Zehol, on Wednesday notified a total ban on single-use plastic in the state’s commercial hub from September 18 in continuation of the notification dated November 29 last year.
This notification comes ahead of the total ban on single-use plastic which will come into effect on October 1.
With the view to eradicate the menace of plastic and various environmental and ecological challenges posed by rampant use of plastic, Zehol informed all concerned that single-use plastic products shall be totally banned within the district with effect from September 18, a DIPR report said.
The banned products include all plastic carry bags, with or without handles, irrespective of thickness and size; plastic cutlery including plates, plastic cups, straws, stirrers etc; cutlery and other decorative items made of Styrofoam; polythene; nylon; poly-vinyl chloride (PVC); poly-propylene; and poly-styrene.
Zehol further informed that defaulters will be penalised as per the provision of law.
On Saturday, Kohima DC Gregory Thejawelie notified that a District Task Force for Kohima was constituted to devise local strategies and to spread awareness for a plastic-free environment.
Earlier, the state cabinet, in a meeting held on June 10 had decided to ban single-use plastic in the state which will come into effect three months from the date of publication in the official gazette dated June 17.