Maharashtra says no to plastic: State environment minister to meet civic bodies to discuss ban
In an order issued on January 2, the state environment department had said that the government intends to ban disposable utensils made of plastic and thermocolmumbai Updated: Jan 18, 2018 09:11 IST
The state government has started preparations to ban all kinds of plastic bags along with a few other plastic items and state environment minister Ramdas Kadam will be meeting heads of all the local bodies of the Konkan region along with public representatives, on Thursday, to discuss effective implementation of the ban.
Kadam wants to understand the problems and also take suggestions for implementing the ban that is likely to be imposed from March this year. The meeting will be held at Alibaug, said a senior official from the state environment department. Region-wise meetings of local bodies are have been planned to ensure proper implementation. The Konkan region covers four districts — Thane, Raigad, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg.
The exercise is part of the government’s plan to ban plastic flags, banners, flex material, disposable containers, non-woven polypropylene bags along with all kinds of plastic bags, irrespective of its thickness, in the state. The Hindustan Times was the first to report about the proposed ban in its January 12 edition. In an order issued on January 2 to all the local bodies, the state environment department said that the government intends to ban disposable utensils made of plastic and thermocol, after which, their use, sale, production, stock and distribution will be prohibited. The proposed ban will be an extension of the ban on plastic bags thinner than 50 microns imposed in the state in 2006. The state is of the view that the ban on thin plastic is not showing desired results
“We are conducting region-wise meeting of all the local bodies to understand problems. We are also directing them to focus on creating awareness about the ban so that all stakeholders will be mentally prepared by the time it is imposed,” said the senior official. The environment department is in the process of preparing the draft notification of the ban, that is likely to be issued by the end of this month.