Business Bureau :
“Now almost all units producing banned single use plastic items in the state have either closed down or shifted to other items manufacturing. However, this will reduce about 20,000 MT of plastic waste in Maharashtra in municipal solid waste,” Gandhi added
As the Government is aggressively implementing ban of single use of plastic, many manufacturing units engaged in the business are facing hardship. The manufactures are either closing down down their units or switching on to other sectors. It is estimated that in more than 50 units producing such items in Vidarbha region have shut down their activities. Some of them are gradually moving on to different activities.
The manufactures are doing it so by way of modifying their existing machinery and setup. Dilip Gandhi, former President of Vidarbha Plastic Association, said that the prevailing situation has caused significant reduction in jobs in the sector . “About 1000-1500 persons working in these units have been affected,” said Gandhi. “Now almost all units producing banned single use plastic items in the state have either closed down or shifted to other items manufacturing. However, this will reduce about 20,000 MT of plastic waste in Maharashtra in municipal solid waste,” he added.
Central Government has imposed nationwide ban on carry bags, shopping bags, single use disposables, drinking straws, plastic cutlery and thermocoal for decoration with effect from October 2, 2019 coinciding with 150th of Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti. Maharashtra Government was the first in the country to draft and impose such Non-biodegrable and Thermocoal Wastage Control Act imposing restrictions on single use plastic in July 2018. Although plastic packaging is allowed as the integral part of product used at the time of packaging in the manufacturing of products.
However extended producers responsibility (EPR) has been introduced on producers of packaging materials and the brand owners who are using them for packaging their products as an integral part in their manufacturing. Now, the regulation requires for producers and brand owners to buyback, collect, segregate and arrange to transport and dispose of used plastic packaging by way of recycle, recover material or energy. Burning of used multilayer packaging with coal in the cement plant to recover energy is now a well established method in India. Another use is to mix with tar in making of weatherproof roads.