September 27, 2019 / 2:26 PM / 22 days ago

Modi tells U.N. India launching campaign to stamp out single-use plastic

Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi addresses the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York, U.S., September 27, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan Mcdermid

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi told the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations on Friday that India was launching a campaign to stamp out the use of single-use plastics.

“Even as I am addressing you today a very large campaign is being started across the entire country to make India free of single use plastic,” Modi, who wants to scrap such plastics by 2022, told the 193-member U.N. General Assembly.

Officials told Reuters last month that India is set to impose a nationwide ban on plastic bags, cups and straws on Oct. 2.

Reporting by Michelle Nichols; editing by Grant McCool

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