Plastic Ban Maharashtra: What is Permitted, What’s Prohibited

The Maharashtra government’s ban on plastic items is all set to come into effect from 23rd June. Environment Minister Ramdas Kadam said that an extensive awareness campaign will be carried out in the next eight days to inform people about banned items.

The Maharashtra government, on 23rd  March, announcing its ambitious ban on plastic bags, water bottles and other disposable plastic items in the state sent many Mumbaikars in a tizzy. After all, Mumbaikars depend on plastic for buying daily needs including while shopping for grocery. The implementation of this prohibition will begin from June 23rd which has raised many questions and objections from the citizens.

The Maharashtra government laid down this strict plastic ban after the state civic bodies started facing serious problems on garbage disposing and its management. The Maharashtra government has also banned the manufacture, usage, transport, distribution, wholesale and retail sale and storage, and import of plastic bags through a notification dated March 23rd  this year.

Volunteers, wearing costumes made up of plastic bags, aware people against the use of plastic bags, on the occasion of World Environment Day, in Mumbai on Tuesday, June 05, 2018.

When will the ban be implemented?

The ban was mulled on Gudi Padwa that is March 23rd, 2018, and the implementation of this prohibition will begin from June 23rd. The plastic ban was issued under the name of Maharashtra Plastic and Thermocol Products (Manufacture, Usage, Sale, Transport, Handling and Storage) Notification, 2018, under which the notification cited the rising concerns of ‘usage and disposal of plastic are diverse and include accumulation of waste in landfills, water bodies and in natural habitats, physical problems for wild animals resulting from ingestion or entanglement in plastic, the leaching of chemicals from plastic products and the potential for plastics to transfer chemicals to wildlife and humans.’

The fine for the first-time and second-time offenders will be Rs 5,000 and Rs 10,000, respectively. A third violation will attract a fine of Rs 25,000 and a jail term for three months.

Star couple Kajol and Ajay Devgan, appealed to citizens to make “little effort” to save the city, the country and the world from plastic pollution.

Which plastic items are covered under the ban?

Under the notice, items fabricated from plastic and thermocol have been secured under the ban. Thus use of plastic packs with a handle and without handle, expendable mugs, and plates, spoons, forks, glasses, and holders are precluded in the state. Plastic bundling used to wrap and store the item is likewise incorporated into the ban

Aside from this plastic straw, non-woven polypropene sacks, pockets and some other plastic used to store, package and transfer eatable things will never again be allowed in the state. In addition, it has restricted the utilization of plastic and thermocol for improvement purposes.

Who will execute and screen the ban

Authorities from Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) and area and neighborhood organization have been approved to actualize it. For directing this law at vacationer areas, tourism police, or Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation has been made dependable.

The administration has likewise framed an affiliation containing plastic makers, service authorities and ecological specialists to regulate the execution of the ban.

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