The state government on Tuesday announced an immediate ban on plastic coated or laminated items such as plates, cups, spoons, glasses and containers. The ban is on manufacturing, import and use of these items.
At a meeting with the state environment department, CM Eknath Shinde endorsed the recommendation of the empowered committee set up to implement the Centre’s ban on single use plastic, which came into force on July 1. The committee, at its July 18 meeting, had recommended a ban on plastic coated and laminated products.
Ashok Shingare, member-secretary of Maharashtra Pollution Control Board, said there is a ban on plastic use in the state since 2018. “There was ambiguity with regard to single-use plastic, so recently, we issued an amended notification explicitly banning it,” he said.
MPCB, along with local bodies, has been raiding and seizing such material from manufacturers and users.