Many marriage halls have fallen in line with BBMP’s diktat on the plastic ban. Most of them have switched to paper and steel cutlery and have replaced plastic sheets with cloth sheets.
The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), which imposed a plastic ban across the city, has now issued a notification to all wedding halls/banquet halls where food is served through catering services or is prepared in kitchens on site, to stop using banned plastic materials like carry-bags, plates, spoons, straws, cups, cling wraps and sheets for spreading on dining table.
The notification also mandates that wedding halls implement waste segregation and directs setting up plate banks — supported with the hygienic washing of plates, spoons, cups by setting up commercial-size dishwashing facilities. It also directs to make RO water available to avoid supply of bottled drinking water to guests.
“We got to know about the notification only today. We will stop using plastic but we need some guidance as to how to use commercial dishwashers. It will take some time for us to see complete implementation,” said a manager of a wedding hall in Varthur.
“We stopped using plastic materials a month ago voluntarily even before the BBMP issued a notification on the ban of plastic in wedding halls. We use paper and steel cutlery instead of plastic,” said an office bearer of Taj MG Road.
N Manjunath Prasad, BBMP commissioner said, “Most wedding halls use plantain leaves or plates made out of other leaves to serve food. After the use, all of it goes to the dumping site that needs to be segregated by investing labour and time. But the plate bank supported with the hygienic washing of plates, spoons and cups by setting up commercial dishwashing facilities will minimise water wastage.”
He added, “We have issued an advisory to all the wedding halls. We will further give them the proper instructions about its implementation and maintenance.”
Manager of Ashoka Convention Hall, Rajajinagar said, “We stopped using plastic after BBMP’s ban. According to instructions, we are now providing bins for dry and wet waste for both caterers and guests in the kitchen and hall areas. It takes some time for them to get used to the practice.”