Sikkim becomes the 1st state to ban mineral water bottles in Govt prog

Gangtok, May 25 (PTI): For effective waste management in an eco-friendly manner, the Sikkim government has restricted the use of mineral water bottles in government programmes and banned the use of foam food containers all over the state.


In two recent notifications issued by the home department, the government said there has been rampant use of packaged drinking water during departmental meetings and functions which is creating a huge piles of garbage that adds to the burden of the landfill.


“Therefore, in order to reduce creation of garbage in the form of used drinking water plastic bottles it is notified that the packaged drinking water bottles may not be used during any government meetings or functions,” said the order signed by Chief Secretary Alok K Shrivastava.


It suggested that as an alternative, departments can use filtered water or water from large reusable water dispensers or re-usbale water bottles in government functions.


In another notification, thwe government has banned the use and sale of disposable items such as cups, plates, spoons, containers, etc made from foam throughout the state with immediate effect. Made from polystyrene foam, such food containers are generally white in colour.