Mumbai, June 23: From June 23 onwards, Maharashtra will start imposing fines on all those caught using plastic products.
The development followed the state government’s March 23 dated notification prohibiting the manufacturing, use, sale, distribution and storage of all plastic and thermocol materials.
According to the notification, products manufactured from plastic and thermocol have been banned. Usage of disposable dishes, cups, plates, glasses, forks, bowls, containers, plastic packaging to wrap or store products, and packaging of food items food grain material, containers is prohibited.
However, the plastic packaging for medical purpose is permitted in the state.
Other materials that are excluded from the ban include food grade virgin plastic used for packaging milk, compostable packaging bags used for horticulture and agriculture purposes, plastic bags used for exporting goods, the plastic used at the manufacturing stage, the plastic used for handling of solid waste.
As per the rule, violators will be fined Rs 5,000 and Rs 10,000 for the first and second-time offense. A third-time offender will have to shell out Rs 25,000 and may also get a jail term of three months.
To check the violations, Maharashtra government has constituted several teams. As Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) and district and local administration officials have been authorised to implement it.
While at tourist locations, tourism police, or Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation will regulate this law.
Besides, it has also formed an association comprising of plastic manufacturers, ministry officials and environmental experts to chalk out the implementation of the ban.