AAI bans single-use plastic items at 129 airports

Chennai: The Airports Authority of India (AAI) on Monday imposed a ban on single-use plastic items at its 129 airports across the country.

Single-use plastic items are used only once and then thrown in the trash.  “Various steps have been undertaken to eliminate single-use plastic items at passenger terminals and city side. These steps include banning of single-use plastic items like straws, plastic cutlery, plastic plates etc,” the AAI said in a statement.

“The AAI has decided to make its airports plastic-free by banning the use of single-use plastic items at its airports across the country,” the statement read.

It said that on the basis of a third-party assessment carried out by Quality Council of India (QCI), 16 of its airports have been declared as ‘Single-Use Plastic Free.’

The QCI will complete its assessment of total 34 airports – which are managed by the AAI – by 31 January.