On the first day of the blanket ban on plastic there was a visible impact in the markets with residents, vendors and shopkeepers doing their bit for an environment-friendly cities. But unfortunately there is little clarity on what constitute one-time-use plastic. The greater fear is of herders of plastic manufacturing and recycling units closing down leaving more than one lakh people jobless.
The Madhya Pradesh pollution control board (MPPCB) has suggested that plastic goods which are recyclable, would not be banned, while the experts say that 90 pc of plastic goods come under the category of recycled goods. They have said that even plastic packets can be recycled but the problem is they are not picked up by rag picker.
There are an estimated 70,000 street vendors in the state capital and they have to use small plastic bags for chutneys and other similar item. Though these vendors use paper packet for wrapping samosas and kachodis. Polystyrene (Thermocol) products, such as plates and cups are also banned.
With the centre’s commitment to make the nation plastic free by 2022. There is a switch from serving in plastic glasses and poly bags to conventional glass. However, implementation of ban on plastic items has hit small businessmen the most. However, many tea stalls are still using plastic cups to serve tea.
Even the government-run dairy are using plastic for packaging milk and milk products. There was a need that they switch over to glass bottles for packaging milk as used some years back. The plastics ban envisage penalty ranging from Rs. 100/- to Rs. 500/- consumers using plastics and Rs. 1,000/- to Rs. 5000/- for consumer establishment.