UGC Directs Universities To Ban Plastic Cups, Bottles on Campus

The University Grant Commission (UGC) has directed all varsities and higher education institutions to ban use of plastic cups, lunch packs, straws, bottles and carry bags in their premises.

“Ban take-away coffee cup, lunch wrapped in disposable plastic packaging, plastic bags, disposable food service cups, plates, containers made in polystyrene foam and plastic straws. Restrict single-use plastic water bottle and encourage use of refillable bottles instead,” the UGC said in a communication to all vice-chancellors.

The directive follows nudge from Union Environment Ministry that said India is global host of this year’s World Environment Day themed “Beat Plastic Pollution”.

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