Ban on plastics in TN schools from tomorrow

By NT Bureau Published on Sep 14, 2018 06:15 PM IST

Chennai: Plastics will be banned across all schools both government and private in Tamilnadu from tomorrow as part of the government's full-fledged State-wide plastic ban that will be enforced from 1 January 2019.

With this, the government believes it can curb land pollution caused by plastic usage to a great extent and can help children get accustomed to next year's complete ban on the substance.

Tamilnadu government on 5 June this year announced a ban on manufacture, sales, storage and usage of disposable plastic across the State with effective from 1 January 2019.

Making a suo motu statement in the Assembly, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami said that the announcement was based on the recommendations of an expert panel constituted by former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa in this regard.

However, the ban excludes using disposable plastic for packaging milk, curd, oil and medical utilities, Palaniswami said.

It was primarily on plastic carry bags, plastic plates, plastic cups, plastic flags, small plastic sachets used in packaging water, among others.

The disposal of such plastic material affected the flow of waste water and drainage and deeply affected the ground water table, the Chief Minister added.

Tamilnadu School Education Department Director Rameshwara Murugan has sent a circular to all districts Chief Educational Officers (CEOs) who inturn have informed all the schools under their jurisdiction to ban plastics.

The circular read: The usage of plastics have to be curbed in all schools. This rule comes into force from 15 September. Also, all schools should install a name board stating 'Plastic-free school premises'.