India, Oct. 4 -- Use of single-use plastic products such as carry bags and bottled water is not yet banned in India, but they are on their way out after the Centre enforced a voluntary phasing out of disposable plastics through a mass awareness drive led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

India is preparing for a complete phase-out of single-use plastic items by 2022, as announced by Modi on Wednesday. At least 29 states and Union territories are already regulating the use of various single-use plastic products, but enforcement has been lax until now. In fact, plastic bags of less than 50 micron thickness - the kind handed out by street vendors - are already prohibited under the Plastic Waste Management Rules 2016 issued by the Centre but po...