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Plastic surgery begins

Two weeks after the government banned the use of plastic bags in Delhi, some compliance is beginning to happen, even if the majority of establishments continue to flout the rule, reports Tanya Ashreena.

delhi Updated: Jan 21, 2009 23:56 IST
Tanya Ashreena

Two weeks after the government banned the use of plastic bags in Delhi, some compliance is beginning to happen, even if the majority of establishments continue to flout the rule.

Big brands like Bata, Cantabil, Subway and Archies are still handing out purchases in plastic bags. “Our (plastic) bags are environment friendly,” insisted a salesman of Khadi India, a store which earlier offered paper carry-bags.

On the other hand, outlets of United Colors of Benetton, Pepe and Wrangler have been offering paper bags for quite some time. Wenger’s, a popular pastry shop in Connaught Place, has stopped giving out plastic bags after the ban.

Signs stating ‘We do not give any kind of bags’ are posted throughout the shop.

“We stopped giving plastic bags on January 14, when we got to know of the ban,” said Manager Charanjit Singh. “Right now we are serving customers their orders in paper boxes. Some of the customers get into arguments over this, but it will take some time for us to arrange for paper bags. It is quite a task to find bags for different sizes of cakes and breads.”

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