Industry seeks clarity on single-use plastic ban

  • Date: 18-October-2019
  • New Delhi: Industry has sought clarity on the government’s plan to phase out single-use plastic by 2022 and urged the Centre to issue clear guidelines. An outright ban would escalate costs and lead to job losses and disrupt supply chains, companies said.
    The uncertainty “has led to the closure of about 10,000 units and the plastic industry is staring at job losses of 4.5 lakh people ahead of the Diwali season,” said Jayesh Rambhia, co-chairman, environment committee, All India Plastic Ma ..Association. “The industry urgently requires clear guidelines on what the short and long-term plan for single-use plastic is.”
    There are an estimated 50,000 plastic manufacturing units in the country. The government did not ban single-use plastic bags, small bottles, cups, plates, straws and certain types of sachets on October 2, as had been widely expected. It also hasn’t defined single-use plastic.
    The Centre directed states to take action on October 2 but different policies across states are fragmenting the Indian market, which was unified by GST (goods and services tax),” Rambhia said. “Right now, there’s uncertainty and fear at ground level and if there’s a sweeping ban on single-use plastic without alternatives, the economy could come to a grinding halt.
    Single-use plastic, or disposable material that can be used only once before it is either thrown away or recycled, is used by almost all consumer-facing industries including food processing and food delivery, retailers for packaging and selling finished goods, pharmaceuticals and agriculture.

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