State comes up with first buyback scheme for plastic disposal

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 10 Jul 2018 10:05:05


 

Staff Reporter,


Under this scheme, the shopkeeper has to pay upto Rs 2 to consumers who return the empty plastic drinking water bottles and milk polypacks

Though Government has banned plastic, it did not impose it on manufacturers of different products. So, plastic disposal remained the unending problem. Considering this aspect, Maharashtra’s Environment Minister Ramdas Kadam has come up with a solution wherein he brought buyback scheme. The buyback scheme would resolve the issue of plastic disposal. The scheme will be implemented from July 11 for packaged drinking water bottles and milk polypacks.


The plastic ban exempted the manufacturers who use it originally. For example, there is no ban on selling water bottles which are made of plastic. It means that plastic was not completely banned. If this plastic is thrown in the surrounding then it would not end the pollution that arises out of it.


While talking to ‘The Hitavada’ on Monday at his chamber in Vidhan Bhavan, Ramdas Kadam said, “Buyback scheme will end the plastic disposal issue. Under this scheme, the shopkeeper has to pay upto Rs 2 to consumers who return the empty plastic drinking water bottles and milk polypacks. Suppose if any person purchases a water bottle and after using returns it to shopkeeper then he would get upto Rs 2.”


In Indore, if the civic authorities find any garbage lying near any shop then that shopowner has to face the music. On the same lines, if authorities notice any plastic bottle or polypack lying along the road then the manufacturer will be held responsible and fine would be imposed on him or her.
Kadam said, “Government has fixed the responsibility on manufacturers to collect plastic and recycle it. The manufacturer has to set up infrastructure for plastic under Maharashtra Plastic and Thermocol Products (Manufacture, Usage, Sale, Transport, Handling and Storage) Notification, 2018.”


Kadam also cleared that sudden ban on plastic created trouble for the consumers going to purchase groceries. So, for next three months Government has allowed plastic for carrying material at grocery shop.