New Delhi: Sighting a major impact on the plastic industry after the declaration of a blanket ban on single use plastic products, the Indian Government is now taking a dithering step towards the nation-wide ban on plastics. Now the government plans to halt the plan of banning plastics and instead would try to curb the use of these products as reports came in last Thursday.
Speaking on the decision of halting the ban an official of the government was quoted saying that the measure seen as too disruptive for industry at a time when it is coping with an economic slowdown and job losses, the government is now taking a slow step towards their decision. For now, government will ask states to enforce rules against storing, manufacturing and suing some single-use plastic products such as polythene bags and Styrofoam, Chandra Kishore Mishra, a top bureaucrat at the ministry of environment told media persons.
Prior to this, the government had announced a nationwide ban on single use plastics from October 1 following which there was an uncertainty among the people as what kind of plastics are now available for use after the ban. And if these plastics and thermocols are used, what will be the fines and penalties imposed? We have prepared a list below to remember before using plastics:
- PET/PETE bottles having liquid holding capacity 200 ml and more than 200 ml
- Manufacture of plastic and plastic bags for export purpose in special economic zones and export oriented units
- Plastic material made up 20% recyclable plastic material and having a thickness of more than 50 micron
- Plastic packaging material more than 50 micron thickness with minimum 2 gm weight to seal groceries and grain products for retail and wholesale
- Compostable plastic bags used for plant nurseries, horticulture, etc
- Paper base carton packaging using one or more layer of plastic
- Virgin plastic bag used for milk having thickness not less than 50 micron
- Recyclable multilayered plastic
- Plastic used for domestic purpose
- Plastic for packaging medicines, etc
- Thermocol boxes to preserve fish
- Recyclable stationery products
- Other plastic products like raincoat etc
- PET/PETE bottles having liquid capacity of less than 200 ml
- Plastic mineral water pouch
- Plastic bags with or without handle
- Single use plastic
- Disposable plastic
- Any compostable plastic bags
- Plastic and thermocol for decorative purpose.