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11 Mar

Odisha Enforces Ban on Single-Use Plastics Starting April 1

In a significant move, Odisha has decided to prohibit the use of single-use plastics within its eco-tourism destinations, sanctuaries, and other conservation areas. The Odisha Forest Department has initiated this stringent measure to uphold the ecological integrity of its sanctuaries, national parks, and tiger reserves. Susanta Nanda, Odisha’s Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (wildlife) and Chief Wildlife Warden, announced the complete ban on single-use plastic entry into these conservation zones in an official statement released on Monday.

From April 1, 2024, they will actively enforce this prohibition. The directive explicitly prohibits the entry of single-use plastic inside sanctuaries/national parks/tiger reserves of the state from April 1, 2024.

This proactive step aims to mitigate the environmental impact of single-use plastics and safeguard the diverse flora and fauna inhabiting these crucial ecosystems.

Single-Use Plastics ban in Sanctuaries and National Parks

To cater to the needs of tourists, authorities have been instructed to establish alternative arrangements for providing drinking water facilities at various locations within the sanctuaries, parks, or tiger reserves. Additionally, visitors will have access to refundable plastic water bottles at entry points, ensuring both convenience and compliance with the new regulation.

The directive extends beyond restricting single-use plastic entry and emphasizes proper waste disposal practices. Visitors carrying food items wrapped in plastic must dispose of the packaging in designated areas or garbage bins to prevent littering within the protected areas. The directive underscores the importance of adhering to existing guidelines for disposing of plastic waste generated by visitors, camps, and nature camps within these protected areas.

Encourage local panchayats or urban bodies to actively involve themselves in ensuring responsible waste management aligned with established protocols.

By implementing these measures, the Odisha Forest Department addresses the pressing need to reduce single-use plastics and promotes a culture of environmental responsibility among visitors. This initiative aligns with global efforts to conserve and preserve biodiversity, highlighting Odisha’s dedication to sustainable conservation practices within its natural habitats.