On World Environment Day on Tuesday, the Tamil Nadu government announced that it would ban the use of disposable plastics, with some exceptions, in the state from 2019. Plastic will only be allowed for milk, oil and medicine packets and other items of basic needs.

The government said it would ban plastic items, including non-biodegradable bags, from January 1 in the interest of the environment and to “gift a plastic-free” state to future generations, PTI reported.

Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami announced the ban under Rule 110 of the state Assembly. Rule 110 allows the chief minister to make announcements without a debate in the House.

“Considering the damage caused by plastic, and to ensure this is not left behind for future generations, the Amma government has decided to ban non-biodegradable plastic covers, plates, cups, water packets, straws and bags,” Palaniswami said.

The government had banned the manufacture and use of plastic bags below 51 microns in 2017.