One year after the BJP-led government called for a ban on single-use plastic and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had said the issue of plastic milk bags would be addressed, accordingly now, there is a call to ban their use.
It is quite likely Mumbaikars will have to revert to the old practice of carrying glass bottles or steel containers to buy milk. The Maharashtra government here has issued a refundable surcharge of 50 paise per plastic packet of milk to prompt recycling of plastic milk pouches in the state.
The government has come forward with the idea of recycling of milk packets in the wake of plastic ban in the state. A refundable surcharge of 50 paise per plastic packets will be returned by the retailers itself when the customer returns empty milk packets after consumption.
Over one crore plastic pouches are discarded in the state daily, which generates 31 tonnes of plastic waste. Prior to the ban, Maharashtra was generating 1,200 tonnes of plastic waste. Immediately after the ban, this amount diminished by 50 per cent.
According to environment minister Ramdas Kadam, this step will help the government and encourage recycling of the plastic milk packet. On June 23, 2018, the Maharashtra government had enforced the ban on the manufacture, use and sale of single-use plastic materials.