Pune: The PMC will crack the whip on those using, manufacturing or selling plastic carry bags and thermocol items after one month.
This new development surfaced following the State’s notification issued on Friday. As per the notification, one month period has been given to dispose of existing plastic and thermocol items. After one month, no one can use, manufacture plastic or thermocol items even for the purpose of decorations during Ganeshotsav and other festivals.
Almost eight days after its earlier announcement, the State finally issued a notification, Maharashtra Plastic and Thermocol Products (manufacture, usage, sale, transport, handling and store) Notification 2018, banning the manufacture, usage, sale, transport, handling and store across the State.
While issuing this notification, the State said that in the next one month, plastic and thermocol stock with manufacturers, producers, sellers, traders, retailers and users should be disposed of scientifically. As per the notification, these products can be handed over to the local government bodies for scientific disposal or can be sold to authorised recyclers.
While speaking to Sakal Times, Suresh Jagtap, Head of Solid Waste Management, said, “We are considering one month from March 23 to April 23. During this period, we will create awareness among the manufacturers, producers, sellers, traders, retailers and users to dispose of plastic products.”
Jagtap added that a list of manufacturers, retailers, traders, producers will be prepared. After the prescribed period is over, Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) will send notices to the defaulters.
The banned items include plastic bags with and without handles, disposable products manufactured from plastic and thermocol such as single-use disposable dishes, cups, plates, glasses, forks, bowls, containers, non-woven polypropylene bags, cups/pouches to store liquids, plastic packaging to wrap or store products, packing of food items and food grains.
The State government has also introduced Buy Back Depository Scheme in which a deposit will be paid upfront to the retailer before buying a plastic bag or bottle. The deposit money can be claimed back after returning bottles or products back to the store. The deposit amount will be mentioned on PET, PETE bottles and milk bags.