According to the Times of India, India is among the top four pol­lut­ing coun­tries which are re­spon­si­ble for an as­ton­ish­ing 60 per cent of the plas­tic that is dumped in the world’s oceans every year.

India’s cap­i­tal city Delhi has in­tro­duced a ban on dis­pos­able plas­tic. Cutlery, bags, cups and oth­er forms of single-use plas­tic were pro­hib­it­ed by the National Green Tribunal (NGT). The ban af­fects the whole National Capital Territory (NCT) area of Delhi.

It was in­tro­duced af­ter com­plaints about the il­le­gal mass burn­ing of plas­tic and oth­er waste at three lo­cal rub­bish dumps, which has been blamed for caus­ing air pol­lu­tion. The sites are sup­posed to op­er­ate as waste-to-energy plants.