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Plastic ban in Bangalore from February 19

Come February 19, thin plastic bag manufacturers in the state will shut shop. The Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) has directed 64 registered manufacturers to halt producing bags less than 40 microns thick.



To many Bangaloreans who have
been seeing drains getting clogged with filthy plastic bags or landfills full of non-biodegradable plastic, this will come as a huge relief. The board’s move follows a notification from the ministry of environment and forests to implement the plastic waste management rules of 2011 that ban bags below 40 microns. “Now, there is no other option but to stop manufacture of all thin plastic bags as it is a gazette notification. Violators can be taken to court. Even though the notification came into effect on February 4, not many were aware of it. We are informing them to stop manufacturing bags below 40 microns,” said D R Kumaraswamy, environment officer, hazardous waste management cell of KSPCB.
 
However, he had no idea about the number of illegal manufacturers in the state and whether they knew about the new notification. “As we control the manufacturing side, we also need to make sure that virgin and recycled plastic are not mixed. Also, we need to see that all recycled or compostable plastic are as per BIS standards, as stipulated in the notification,” he added. According to KSPCB, there are no gutka or tobacco packet manufacturers in their list. But if they are in Karnataka, they will be tracked and intimated about the ban of all such sachets.

Ironically, the main implementing authority, the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), has no idea about the new rules. As per the notification, they are supposed to ensure safe collection, storage, segregation, transportation, processing and disposal of plastic waste, and setting up of collection centres for such waste which involve manufacturers. More importantly, no carry bags shall be made available free of cost to consumers. BBMP may determine the minimum price for plastic carry bags. Environmental officers at the Palike said they are not sure about the new rules and need to take advice from KSPCB.

Manufacture and Usage Rules, 1999, which banned plastic bags below 20 micron thickness, were not implemented in toto. These thin bags are still sold across the city in kirana stores, vegetable shops and meat stores. Around 14% of total garbage generated is plastic, amounting to 35 to 40 tonnes per day. On the flip side, there is no penalty for thin plastic bags users in the new rules, which weakens management of plastic waste. Also, there has to be rigorous monitoring to get the latest rules implemented strictly.

Source: TOI
Tags: plastic ban in bangalore, hazardous waste management, landfills, non-biodegradable plastic, plastic bags, 40 microns, recycled plastic

9 comments

VeeEnn Mar 14th, 2011 04:24 AM

I see plastic bags rampant even today.  People need to be sensitized about the hazards of plastic.  Plastic usage can be checked if we help people understand why it needs to be done. Lets do our bit and encourage our neighbors, family, and friends to become responsible and eco-friendly.

promod kapur Mar 08th, 2011 12:27 PM

There are certain things we may do and there are other things that should become an absolute NO-NO. Morally corruption is a NO-NO but it is widespread and spreading even more. That is perhaps because we have corruption flowing from the very top of our government and from the richest in society. Individually we have a limited role in stemming the rot, which we must paly.
But what we do have full control over is our role in preserving the environment. Plastic bags are a commodity that destroys our environment and affects our future. A commodity sustains and appreciates only if there is demand. We individuals are the creators of he demand. We don't need laws to ban use of plastics, because laws by themselves are not even worth the piece of paper it is written on unless there is enforcement and effective  implementation by the people. We don't need BBMP or any one to monitor our actions. We need to just refuse taking any goods from shops in plastic bags. To the question what is the alternative, the answer lies in what we had been practicing before the advent of plastic bags - simply carry your own cloth bags or jute bags or old paper bags. 
Enforcement by the Government in our society means corruption

reddy Mar 06th, 2011 11:36 PM

dear friends govt is planing to ban the plastics it is veryy good but they are encarging the paper cups and paper bags it should not evfect the envenoment how many trees we have to cut to make the paper plz think it and ask he govt to mantain the collectin the waste that they r forgrting and implementing the all other rulels

RAJ.V Mar 04th, 2011 01:31 PM

if government wants to ban carry bag below 40 micron, they can insist manufacturer of plastic granules hdpe /ldpe to find a formula, which when produced cannot produce below 40 micron, it is simply way to implement the law then asking millions of people/small industries to stop producing below 40 micron

Manish Mar 02nd, 2011 10:21 PM

There is no substitute for a plastic bag looking at it's features compared to paper. It is compulsory for the kspcb and bbmp to make the public aware of plastic bag of any kind for it proper disposable and waste management. There is no point in introducing 40 MICRON as that to can jam the drains and sweage in still worst means. 

rajendra Feb 26th, 2011 05:02 PM

PLEASE INFORM US ABOUT THE ALTERNATE SOURCE 
IF IT IS PAPER - THEN THERE IS NO ENOUGH SOURCE COMPARED  TO THE TOTAL USAGE OF THE PACKAGING MATERIAL,
CLOTH - AGAIN THE NATURAL SOURCE
WHAT ELSE WILL BE THE PRODUCT WHICH WILL REPLACE THE PLASTIC WE ARE TOTALLY CONFUSED OVER THE PACKAGING NORMS. but yes should ban the same but for the particular gauge and the material usage

sindhu Feb 18th, 2011 11:52 AM

ban all over india
thanks to bangalru

krishna kant prajapati Feb 17th, 2011 12:31 PM

we have to see how rule is being implemented and bring into action. In India rules are not important, implementation and follow-up is important, becouse here lawmakers itself breaks the rule. People are educated and aware of things but very few of them try to follow and rest involves in the so called banned  activities in their day to day life. When asked will tell not aware of this and try to avoid from the situation and so the BBMP.

Sanjay Bhatt Feb 17th, 2011 10:07 AM

STOPlstx Bag   '' NOW'

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