Though major outlets in the city have shifted to cloth bags, street vendors, flower shops and meat stalls are reluctant to abandon the ‘banned’ plastic carry bags.
Complaint over continuous production and distribution of banned plastics
This means that even items such as biscuits and chips can no longer be packed in non-compostable plastic covers.
The plastics industry in US has seized the moment and is lobbying hard to overturn bans on single-use plastics by arguing disposable plastics are the safest option amid the crisis.
Speaking to TNIE, Venkata Ramana said the enforcement teams carried out surprise checks on 100 stalls at night food court near Indira Gandhi Municipal Corporation Stadium on Tuesday night.
The decisions were taken after a meeting with 'Chattisa Nijog', the apex body of priests of the temple, he said.
Inspections by special enforcement team do little to fully implement ban
The state government’s decision to impose a blanket ban on single-use plastic carry bags to restrict environmental hazards and health issues has failed miserably in the city.
It has also been mandated that the hoarding prepared using such materials should bear a logo stating ‘recyclable, PVC-free’ along with details of the expiry date, printing unit, and printing number.
Waste generation declines to 700 quintals a day from 4 MT in city
Plastic carry bags in the possession of people will not attract fine. But those manufacturing and selling the banned plastic products will be fined.
Plastic industries association claimed that the Rs 15-crore industry may suffer losses of 10 to 15 per cent and suggested increasing thickness of plastic to 75 microns to aid recycling.
Special Chief Secretary (Environment and Forests) Rajeshwar Tiwari felt that lack of proper management is the problem and recycling might be a solution.
The Kerala Plastic Manufacturers’ Association has demanded that the ban on single-use plastic, which came into force in the state on January 1, be implemented after six to eight months.
However, owners of grocery shops are finding it hard as they cannot charge customers for carry bags.