Post plastic ban, BMC to relax its norms Merely a few days after the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) started implementing a plastic ban in Maharashtra by fining retailers in Mumbai, the state government may consider withdrawing its restrictions on a few items. Keeping in view the constantly eroding environment of the city, BMC had imposed ban on the use of plastic bags since June 23. This decision of the BMC is widely being debated in the city.
The state may exclude retail packaging of products — for instance, the plastic pouches used to pack items such as rice, sugar or pulses that are sold lose at your local grocer — from the ban, but subject to the condition that the manufacturer sets up a mechanism to collect and recycle this plastic material.
An expert committee, headed by Praveen Pardeshi, the additional chief secretary to the chief minister, has recommended this partial withdrawal of the plastic ban in Maharashtra to an empowered committee led by the environment minister Ramdas Kadam.