Kerala: HC sets aside Govt's order to ban plastic carry bags
Kerala: HC sets aside Govt's order to ban plastic carry bags

KERALA High Court on Tuesday, January  10, set aside the State Government's decision to outlaw plastic carry bags weighing less than 60 grammes per square metre (GSM). Justice N. Nagaresh ruled on a single bench that the state government lacked the power to act in this manner.

After taking into account a number of requests requesting the order be overturned, the court has revoked this ban. Notably, Kerala enacted a plastics ban on January 1, 2020.

This ban applied to 11 different types of plastic, including plastic carry bags (regardless of thickness), plastic sheets (table spread), thermocol, styrofoam plates, cups, decorations, single-use plastic spoons, forks, straws, dishes, stirrers, plastic-coated paper cups, plates, and bowls, coated paper bags, non-woven bags, plastic flags, plastic bunting, and non-branded plastic juice packets. Pet bottles, plastic rubbish bags, PVC flux products, and plastic packets were all subject to the prohibition.

Moreover, the Kerala government also imposed penalties and fine on people who produce and sell such plastic bags. However, High Court observed that the state government did not have the power to make such a decision and quashed the government order.

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