INDIA: UPDATE ON BAN OF SINGLE USE PLASTICS IN INDIAN WATERS

Published: January 15, 2020

The Indian Director General of Shipping (DGS) issued Order 5 in October 2019 stating that single use plastics (SUP) would be banned on ships in Indian waters with effect from 1st January 2020. This implementation date was subsequently postponed to allow more time for the industry to prepare.

The DGS subsequently published Addendum No 1 of 2020 on 08 January 2020, to clarify the implementation requirements. The addendum defines SUP as “disposable plastics which are used only once and then thrown away by the user” and excludes cargo related items and packaging. Waste reception facilities will continue to be provided for disposal of SUP, which should be kept segregated and marked for disposal.

A Ship Execution Plan (SEP), defined as a ship-specific inventory indicating all SUP used on board, will be required by 31 January 2020 for Indian and Foreign flag cargo ships and 31 March 2020 for Indian and Foreign flag passenger ships. Further details of the identification, listing and prohibition schedule of SUP items are provided in the Addendum.

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