Eight days after the enforcement the of stern plastic ban, Maharashtra government has tweaked and twisted the norms of the ban – making it a tad bit easy on retailers while tightening the norms for industries at manufacturing level.

While the people and retailers in Maharashtra are still confused about what is banned and what is allowed under the recently implemented plastic ban, back-to-back changes in the norms are leading to confusion among industries too. Eight days after single-time-use plastic was banned in Maharashtra, the state-appointed committee for looking into the matter has accepted the proposal to make changes in norms for the third time since March. The new tweaks in plastic ban norms will prove to be a relief for common people as they have been eased up for retailers, while tightened for manufacturers.

Retailers of groceries and grain products with certain riders will now be allowed to use plastic above 50 microns and packaging material with minimum 20 per cent recyclable plastic material (except for food) for packaging purposes. However, only the plastic bags with name of the manufacturer printed on the bag along with type of plastic and buyback price can be used. Henceforth, the manufacturers are required to be follow these norms in order to sell their bags in the state. In addition to that, the state administration has instructed manufacturers to collect and rebuy plastic and recycle it for further usage.

As per new norms, multi-layered and tetra packaging used for snacks, milk and juices is now under the ambits of the plastic ban. For multi-layered packaging, all manufacturers are mandated to stop usage of non-recyclable plastic and replace it with recyclable plastic immediately. Whereas, companies are given time of three months to find mechanism to replace tetra packaging and further decision will be made by the government after looking into the outcome after three months. Also, other states like Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Uttarakhand are likely to follow footsteps of Maharashtra and implement similar bans against usage of plastic.

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