City retailers say order on plastic carry bags unfair

While environmentalists rejoice over the new notification on plastic bags, retailers are none too pleased. The Federation Of Retail Traders Welfare Association (FRTWA) has called the notification unacceptable, saying it will affect business.
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Updated on Feb 22, 2011 12:47 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByBhavika Jain, Mumbai

While environmentalists rejoice over the new notification on plastic bags, retailers are none too pleased. The Federation Of Retail Traders Welfare Association (FRTWA) has called the notification unacceptable, saying it will affect business.

The new notification by the ministry of environment and forest (MoEF) on plastic waste (management and handling) says retailers shouldn’t give carry bags free to consumers.

Viren Shah, president of FRTWA, said, “How can the authorities put the onus of minimising the use of plastic bags on us? Instead of upgrading their machinery to manage plastic waste, they are bringing out absurd laws.” They have also written to the BMC and the MoEF, registering their firm objection to this point in the notification.

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