Maharashtra Plastic ban: Notification eases norms


EIGHT DAYS after enforcing the plastic ban across the state, the State Environment Department has issued a notification to make amendments to ease norms to allow retail packaging and to expand its scope to bring multilayered and tetra packaging and packaging of the e-commerce products under its ambit. Besides, it has banned the less-than-200 ml plastic bottles.
As per the notification issued on Monday, it has allowed retail packaging for groceries and grain products with certain riders that include the use of plastic above 50 microns with a minimum weight of 2 gm. The name of the manufacturer should be printed on the plastic bag along with details of type of plastic and buyback price.
These norms have been made mandatory for industrial packaging, which was allowed previously without any riders. In addition, it has made it mandatory to use a minimum of 20 per cent recyclable plastic for industrial packaging. The plastic manufacturers and their associations should work out a mechanism for collection and recycling of plastic waste, said an official. It has also brought multi-layered and tetra packaging under the ambit of the ban. While the multilayered packaging is used for chips, snacks and biscuits.