MPCB to set up labs for identifying plastic

Neha Basudkar
Friday, 3 August 2018

P Anbalagan told Sakal Times,“Within a couple of months we are going to set up our own laboratory wherein a test will be conducted after a field visit in the market to identify whether a particular bag sold in the market has biological (made of starch) content in it or it is plastic.”

PUNE: To verify that an eco-friendly bag which looks like plastic has plastic content in it or not, the  Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) will be setting up a laboratory soon which will have instruments like infrared spectrum for identification of plastics.

P Anbalagan, the member secretary of MPCB told Sakal Times, “Within a couple of months we are going to set up our own laboratory wherein a test will be conducted after a field visit in the market to identify whether a particular bag sold in the market has biological (made of starch) content in it or it is plastic.” Made of starch means it can be composed in a couple of days, he added. Anbalagan mentioned that these test will be conducted only at the MPCB laboratories in the cities including Mumbai, Nashik, Amravati, Nanded, Aurangabad, Kolhapur among other cities of Maharashtra.

Anbalagan said, “It will take around Rs 20 lakh to 30 lakh to set up the laboratory and to buy equipment. And in three to four days the results can be detected. And accordingly, actions will be taken on those who are using plastic bags materials which are banned.”

He also said that currently this test is carried out only by Central Institute of Plastics Engineering and Technology in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, which proves that a bag which looks like plastic is plastic or compostable bag. To identify the results it takes them six months.

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