Modi has vowed to ban single-use plastics to fight India's trash crisis

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi made the pledge as part of an Independence Day speech in Delhi Thursday.

(CNN)India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi vowed to ban single-use plastics in his Independence Day speech in Delhi on Thursday.

Modi called on Indians to make an effort to rid their country of plastic waste and raised the possibility of "strong first steps towards bidding adieu to single-use plastic on October 2."
About 70% of the plastic the country consumes is simply discarded and there is no processing of waste in most Indian cities, according to the Ministry of Environment's Central Pollution Control Board.