Thermocol artists seek one year stay on ban
The state-wide ban on plastic items, which includes thermocol, has become a worrying issue for thermocol artists as it could affect their business
Pune: The state-wide ban on plastic items, which includes thermocol, has become a worrying issue for thermocol artists as it could affect their business.
They are going to meet Environment Minister Ramdas Kadam with a request to stay the ban on thermocol decorative items for a year, as the artists have already started making decoratives (or makhar) for Ganesh Chaturthi festival.
According to Idrish Shayer, Secretary of Thermocol Fabricators, Traders and Decoration Association Registered, there are around 500 groups in Maharashtra including wholesalers, traders, retailers, makhar companies and amongst the others.
"If these companies are forced to shut down, where are the employees supposed to go?" he questioned.
"Ninety per cent of thermocol is used for packaging material and 10 per cent is used for decorations. The thermocol artists have already taken assignments from dealers for huge decoratives or makhars for Ganeshotsav. It takes more than five months to finish work. We are going to ask the environment minister to put a stay on the ban on thermocol decoratives at least till the end of Ganesh festival."