The hills are looking clean again. Once an eyesore, littering the verdant mountain slopes, choking drains and scarring the environment, plastic pollution has come down dramatically in Shimla and other parts of Himachal Pradesh, four years after this north Indian State banned the use of small polythene bags. “Before the implementation of the ban, polythene pollution was a major problem in the State,” R.K. Sood, joint member- secretary of the Himachal State Council for Science, Technology and Environment, told IANS. Describing the scene before the ban was imposed, he said: “Plastic bags littered the hillsides. During the monsoon, the rain water brought along heaps of polythene bags and other non-biodegradable material that choked most of the municipal drains. Now, the problem has been solved to a great extent.” Himachal Pradesh was the first state in India to ban the production, storage, use, sale and distribution of small polythene bags in June 2004.  Read more at http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/004200901191081.htm