Cracking the whip on pollutants, the Andhra Pradesh government on Thursday decided to impose a green tax besides banning single-use plastic.
To keep a check on pollution by industrial houses, the state will collect the green tax.
Chief Minister Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy took the crucial decisions at a review meeting with the Forest and Environment Department.
Taking a serious view of growing pollution levels and its impact on the society, he noted that about one lakh tonnes of waste is being generated by pharma companies but only 30 percent of it is being recycled. The remaining 70 percent is left in the open, polluting the environment.