Curb thin plastic from other states, says industry

Curb thin plastic from  other states, says industry

The State Cabinet’s decision to ban the use and sale of plastic evoked a mixed response from manufacturers and users. Representatives of the plastic manufacturing industry want the government to particularly ensure that there is no sale of plastic carry bags of thickness below 40 microns, being manufactured by neighbouring states, in the State.

Others expressed happiness, saying it was an eco-friendly initiative towards a plastic-free city.

Vijay Kumar, president of the Karnataka State Plastic Manufacturers’ Association, felt that the government’s move was good, if it is able to implement it strictly.

“It is not enough if there is a ban on the manufacture of plastic thinner than 40 microns. There is large supply from Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra. This only affects our industries,” he said.

 Kumar said, “If the over 400 plastic industries, with 70,000 employees, in the State, switch to manufacturing plastic bags thicker than 40 microns, the cost of production and sale will go up. As a result, there will be more demand for the illegally manufactured plastic than our products - as it is available for less price. This should not happen,” he said. The Association has submitted a representation to the government in this regard.

Association general secretary Suresh N Sagar said that the ban had nothing new to offer. He said that the Centre’s Plastic Waste (Management and Handling) Rules, 2011, were in force and manufacturing plastic thinner than 40 microns was already an offence,” he said. We are not for a blanket ban, he said.

City-based caterer Nagaraj Sharma appreciated the government’s initiative for a plastic-free city.

“We already use paper to spread on the food tables at marriages and other functions. Plastic cups have been replaced with paper ones, pushing costs up by two per cent. Restriction on the use of plastic should be universal,” he said.


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