83.06% of people are completely in support of the decision to ban single-use plastic (SUP), as per a pan-India survey conducted by Public app.
The location-based social network and app for vernacular video updates, recently conducted a pan-India survey to understand how people have been responding to the nationwide ban on SUP.
A ban on the use of single-use plastics was notified by the Union Environment Ministry in August 2021 and came into effect on July 1.
In less than a week, the ban has already done away with disposable plastics like straws, cutlery, earbuds, cigarette packs, and plastic sticks for balloons among many others. Close to 1.76 lakh people from cities across India participated in the survey and a thumping majority of them sided with the government’s ban. The support displays the mindset of people wanting to change their lives for the betterment of the society.
Further the survey also revealed that although some environment-safe products come at a premium, close to 80% of Indians are willing to switch to expensive, environmentally safe products to protect the environment.
However, 62.8% of the people also said that switching to other premium products will lead to some inconvenience in their day-to-day lives owing to the ban.
The ban mandates that disposable plastics used only once before they are thrown away or recycled be done away with. According to Section 15 of the Environment Protection Act (EPA) and the regulations of the relevant municipal corporations, violating the ban would result in punitive action, including a fine or a jail sentence, or both.