The Delhi government will impose a blanket ban on the manufacture, sale, storage and use of plastic bags in a region that includes India's capital.
The proposal was passed during a cabinet meeting where officials said there will be "zero tolerance" even to the use of plastic to cover or package magazines, invitation cards, and greeting cards.
In 2009, Delhi banned the use of plastic shopping bags, but there has been little success enforcing the ban, due to loopholes, according to reports.
The new ban has been extended to include all plastic bags, even those made of virgin or biodegradable plastic of 40 microns or more thickness, which had previously been permitted, The Times of India reports. However, plastic bags required for medical waste will be exempt....