Mumbai has criminalised plastic bags in a bid to clean up its littered beaches


It is the largest Indian city to enforce the ban, joining a handful of countries such as Kenya and Rwanda to introduce jail time for using the non-biodegradable product

On Mumbai’s Versova beach, it was once hard to see the sand amid the endless sea of plastic bags and rubbish. The long stretch of coast had essentially turned into a dumping site until volunteers banded together to clean it up.

A few months later, olive ridley turtles began nesting there for the first time in 20 years.

Now municipal authorities are taking a new step in the battle against the plastic waste that afflicts Mumbai, and many other cities across the country, by criminalising the use of plastic bags – with fines of up to 25,000 rupees (£276) and jail sentences for repeat offenders.  The Independent

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