Thick or thin, State to ban all plastic

Thick or thin, State to ban all plastic

The State Cabinet on Tuesday decided to ban manufacture, sale and use of several plastic items, like publicity materials and those used in functions, irrespective of their thickness.

Thus, publicity materials like carry bags, banners, buntings, flags and flexes, and those used in functions, like plates, thermocol cups and sheets used on dining tables, are slated to go off the market.

The Cabinet approved a draft notification that seeks to impose the ban under Section 5 of the Environment Protection Act.

The Department of Environment, Forest and Ecology will soon issue a notification inviting suggestions and objections from the public in this regard, sources said.

However, exemption has been granted for manufacturing plastic materials for export.
Briefing reporters after the Cabinet meeting, Law Minister T B Jayachandra, however, said all plastic materials with less than 40 micron thickness would be banned.

The ban will come into effect from the date the government issues an order in this regard.  The minister did not mention the draft notification banning plastic carry bags, flexes and buntings irrespective of their thickness, which highly-placed sources confirmed would be issued soon.

The minister said about 450 industries are involved in manufacture of plastic materials of below-40-micron thickness.

The move will not affect them as they can easily adopt technology to manufacture goods above 40 microns, he added.

The Cabinet also decided to abolish trade licence issued by local bodies, fulfilling the long-standing demand of the industry. This applies to small, medium and large-scale industries.

Appropriate amendments will be brought to the Karnataka Municipal Corporation Act and the Karnataka Municipality Act to facilitate the change. The Cabinet decision has come ahead of the global investors meet “Invest Karnataka 2016” scheduled for February.

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