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Indian Railways Banned Single-use Plastic Materials

Published on August 22, 2019
Current context: The Indian Railways has decided to enforce a ban on single-use plastic materials with effect from October 2, 2019.
Indian Railways Banned Single-use Plastic Materials
  • The step will ban use of single-use plastic, with less than 50-micron thickness from 2nd October onwards.
  • The Indian Railways has directed the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) to set up plastic bottle crushing machines in major railway stations.
  • The IRCTC will implement the return of plastic drinking water bottles as a part of Extended Producer Responsibility.
  • The circular by the Ministry of Railways stated the instructions for avoiding plastic carry bags in Railway premises, by vendors and shops in the platform.
  • The step has been taken after PM Modi speech on Independence day, to eliminate single use plastic in the country from 2nd October, 2019 on 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

Question:

Q.1 Recently the Indian Railways has decided to include _____ as a part of Extended Producer Responsibility?
a. Electronic waste
b. Cleanliness of toilets/bathrooms
c. Single use plastic
d. Used Newspapers
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