The Golden Temple of Amritsar has decided to ban the use of plastic bags inside the premises from April 1.
The plastic bags will be replaced by compostable ones which are environment friendly.
The same will be implemented throughout other gurudwaras in the State.
Bags made of corn and wheat will be used initially.
As per the data given by the Temple, more than 200 quintals of plastic bags are used per year along with 65 quintals of plastic bags used for packing of ‘pinni parshad’.
The Government had allowed the import of raw material for manufacturing of compostable carry bags conforming to ISO standards of Plastic Waste Management Rules-2016.
Around 100 plastic bag manufacturers in the State have also been advised to shift their manufacturing to compostable ones by using starch granules derived from maize and potatoes.