NCL to test authenticity of ‘compostable bag’ claims for PMC
Major retailers such as Big Bazaar and D-Mart have come up with ‘100 per cent compostable’ bags along with bags made of cloth and paper as a solution to the state ban on plastic.pune Updated: Apr 27, 2018 15:36 IST
Suspecting that bags carrying ‘100% compostable’ and ‘I am not plastic’ tags used by major malls and retailers in the city contain plastic, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has decided to rope in the National Chemical Laboratory to conduct tests to verify their authenticity.
Major retailers such as Big Bazaar and D-Mart have come up with ‘100 per cent compostable’ bags along with bags made of cloth and paper as a solution to the state ban on plastic.
However, the civic body is of the view that these bags are made using polypropylene and have also been banned by the state in its March 23 notification.
Suresh Jagtap, additional municipal commissioner (solid waste management department), said, “The decision to analyse samples of bags at NCL has been taken after some malls claimed that they were not using plastic bags during the civic body’s drive .The test will confirm if these bags contain plastic or not.”
Earlier, civic officials had said that they seized ‘100 % compostable’ bags from major malls. Monica Walujkar, an official from the solid waste management department, Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), said, “There were various places in the city where ‘100 per cent compostable’ bags were being used as an alternative to plastic. However, we have seized these bags from various places because they are equally hazardous to the environment.”
A month after the ban, the civic body has started raiding various corporate premises to recover plastic bags. So far, PMC has recovered 30 tonnes of plastic material, which mainly includes plastic carry bags.