Maharashtra aims to be free of plastic

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Neighbourhood News Desk/Avi Arya: Most items made of plastic are to become history in Maharashtra this March. State government, which had already banned certain type of plastic bags, is now planning to ban disposable containers, flags, flex boards, banners and non-woven polypropylene bags, among others.

In the order, it has directed all local authorities ensure strict implementation of the proposed ban by taking an undertaking while renewing licences of the retailers/shopkeepers that they will not sell the banned items, once the ban comes into force. The proposed ban, however, is likely to hit retailers, restaurants and outlets selling takeaway food as well as manufacturers of the plastic and thermocol material. It also likely hit advertising industries hard as plastic boards and hoardings, as well as flex boards, are also banned.

A senior official from environment department, who is privy to the development, pointed out that the ban imposed on plastic in Karnataka was supported by both the National Green Tribunal (NGT) and Karnataka high court.

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