I live in Mumbai, the Financial Capital of India. The city that never sleeps. My city is a city of stark contrasts (we will get back to that in a minute). The everyday hustle and bustle is an integral part of any Mumbaikar’s life. Add to that the ever-rising pollution in the City, too. Now back to the contrast, my city has everything from High Rises to Asia’s Largest Slums and State of the Art Highways to Garbage Dumps.
Recently, during one of my Shopping Excursions, I noticed an unfamiliar sight, the shop keepers who always handed out a 2-rupee plastic bag, where now, promptly handing out a 2-rupee Paper Bag. “A City that has contributed too much, to the plastic waste has suddenly turned eco-friendly, how? And why?” I asked myself.
It was then that I realized that the unrelenting shopkeepers where now adhering to the much-wanted Plastic Ban that the Maharashtra Government had enforced a day earlier.
On 23rd March, 2018, a much awaited and wanted notification for the Plastic Ban was initiated. The Government banned manufacture, sale and use of plastic bags, disposable plastic spoons, forks, cups, glasses, containers, PET bottles less than 500 ml, and thermocol for decoration.Now with a few modifications and implementations, the ban has been put in place from 23rd June, 2018.
The ban was brought under the Maharashtra Non-Biodegradable Garbage (Control) Act enacted in 2006. However, the Act, was modified to allow PET bottles of all capacity “made of high quality food grade virgin Bisphenol-A free material” with a pre-defined buyback policy printed on it.
Maharashtra generates around 1200 metric tonnes of plastic waste every day. Imagine the waste generated every day by India, by Asia and by the 7 billion+ people on our planet.
With Maharashtra coming through with the Ban I hope other states follow the suite too.
A much-needed change and small step towards saving our planet.
Here is an Infographic from the Times of India to understand why the Ban on plastic is necessary
Here are a few links to help you understand what the ban on Plastic means.