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Maharashtra directs local bodies to set up mechanism to dispose banned Plastic

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NEW YORK (Scrap Register): The Maharashtra government has told the Bombay High Court that it has asked all local authorities to set up a mechanism to arrange the collection, transportation and disposal of banned plastic items and plastic waste.

On 23 March government had issued a notification imposing a ban on manufacture, use, sale, distribution and storage of all plastic materials, including one-time use bags, spoons, plates, PET and PETE bottles and thermocol items.

The notification was, however, challenged in HC by plastic, PET bottle and thermocol manufacturers and retail associations on the ground that the ban was impulsive, bad in law and violated their fundamental right to livelihood.

In April, a division bench of Justices refused to stay the notification after observing that the court could not ignore the adverse effects of plastic waste on the environment.

The high court, in its order, gave local civic and council bodies three months time to arrange for collection and transportation of banned plastic items or plastic waste of existing stock for recycling or sending to authorised recyclers or industries or for scientific disposal.

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