Expert committee discusses impact of ban

Neha Basudkar
Monday, 11 March 2019

Sameer Joshi said, “The meeting was focused on a positive approach to restart the closed plastic units by making easy and feasible EPR mechanism.”

PUNE: An expert committee meeting over plastic was held recently where positive approach over closed plastic units and alternatives to be used to plastic were discussed. The discussion was headed by Pravin Pardeshi, Additional Chief Secretary to the Chief Minister, and Anil Diggikar, Environment Secretary, Maharashtra, and other bureaucrats.

While giving out information about the expert committee meeting, Sameer Joshi, a member of Environment Committee Plast India Foundation and a member of the CM Plastic Task Force, said, “The meeting was focused on a positive approach to restart the closed plastic units by making easy and feasible EPR mechanism. EPR activities will  be undertaken by waste management entities by working with the local bodies. Soon, a framework will be made to meet the EPR obligations.”

“Also another positive discussion was initiated over the impact of plastic ban on environment and alternatives used today, i.e. paper, which is more harmful to the environment. The study about the alternatives will be done by the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) or a third party audit. Soon, the report will be tabled highlighting the positive and negative impact on environment caused by plastic in terms of pollution,” Joshi further added.

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