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Plastic Ban impact in Maharashtra!!! Coke, Pepsi, Bisleri start printing buyback value on PET bottles 

There was this option always but the previous UPA Government never took it seriously. Heavy cancerous pesticides in Coke and Pepsi drinks which should be banned throughout country but no action has been taken by the previous Government.

Now, this has been a major transformation by the Maharashtra NDA Government led Plastic Ban has led to a massive change. Consumers can return empty plastic bottles and will get paid as per the value of the buyback printed on bottles. Top beverage companies including Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Bisleri, have begun printing a buyback value on all PET bottles sold in Maharashtra. Most companies have settled on Rs 15 per kg for PET bottles, and Rs 5 per kg for shrink wraps.

“We are working with Gem Enviro to set up reverse vending machines, collection points and collection centres for PET waste bottles at several locations across the state to enable the buyback programme,” said the PepsiCo spokesperson.

Plastic ban impact:

Top beverage makers including Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Bisleri have begun printing a buyback value on all PET (plastic) bottles.

Now, Consumers can return empty plastic bottles and will get paid as per the value of the buyback printed on bottles.

The Maharashtra state had previously enforced a state-wide ban on the manufacture, use, sale, distribution and storage of single-use plastic items, including carry bags, disposable plates and cutlery and even thermocol in the month of March.

Under this scheme, a predefined buyback price would have to be mandatorily printed on larger PET/PETE bottles. Though the government authorised manufacturers to determine these prices, it had recommended a buyback price of Rs 1 over the MRP for bottles with a capacity of 1 litre or more and Rs 2 extra for bottles of over 200 ml. However, customers who return the plastic bottles to shopkeepers would be refunded the amount printed on them as per the scheme.

Dr Vijay Habbu, faculty and expert in sustainability and technical advisor to plastic associations said: “The issue of plastic pollution cannot be resolved in singular steps and requires holistic solutions. Unless the role of plastics in medical, food, pharmaceutical and related industries is understood, the messaging about pollution will always lead to unreasonable action. In taking easy steps of imposing wholesale bans, India loses opportunities to set global examples of managing plastic waste”.

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Maharashtra’s buyback value printing initiative has already caught the attention of several other states. The report added that Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Uttarakhand, among others, have started hinting at implementing similar plastic use restrictions.

But, this is not all, One state is not sufficient to accomplish this goal. Many more will have to take part in the drive against plastic pollution if India is to achieve what Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan pledged on the occasion of the World Environment Day in June. “We make a solemn pledge that by 2022 we shall eliminate all single-use plastics from our beautiful country,” he had declared.

Industry players, however, insist the solution to deal with plastic waste lies in adopting technology in collaboration with all stakeholders, be it more efficient recycling techniques and solutions or coming up with viable and affordable biodegradable alternatives to plastic. Initial technicality defects are obvious to be faced. But a Long-term plan needs dedication.

This first step initiated by the NDA Government must lead to greater changes in the country. Inspired by other developed nations, India must land up being the Cleanest and free off Hazardous Plastic and other harmful materials. Not just Maharashtra but every state in the country but think of this initiative for better days.

 

Source: Economic Times

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