Mumbai bans plastic: Know what’s banned, what’s exempted, fine and more

Mumbai bans plastic, Know what's banned, what's exempted, fine and more

The much-awaited notification of Maharashtra government which points out its a widespread ban on plastic items in the state has been lauded by the environmentalists.

The implementation of this ban has already begun today. But do you know what does it envisages? The State government has laid down this strict plastic ban after it started facing problems on the garbage disposal. Moreover, it has also banned the manufacture, usage, transport, distribution, wholesale and retail sale and storage too. Import of these synthetically made bags is also prohibited through this notification of March 23 this year.

The ban of this prohibition has just begun. It is named as the Maharashtra Plastic and Thermocol Products Notification, 2018.

The ban has also defined the word plastic to the masses. It is about the essential ingredient of high polymer products which are known to be harmful.

Which plastic items have been banned ?

The ban has covered the totality of the State of Maharashtra for manufacture and usage of these types of plastic. It also bans the transport, distribution, wholesale and retail sale and storage and import of these products.

This prohibition on the use and manufacture of plastic is applicable to all, besides government and non-government organization, all institutions, sports complex, theatres, marriage halls etc.

Which plastic items are exempted from the ban?

There are certain items which are though exempted from the purview of this notification. These are the plastic bags which are used for packaging of different types of medicines, self-destructible plastic bags or the permitted grade plastics used for plant nurseries, horticulture, agriculture, handling of solid waste. Plastic and plastic bags for export purposes, in the export-oriented units, have also been given relaxation.

Water Bottles and Milk Bags

The plastic used for handling of solid waste in the home too, are exempted. Food grade virgin plastic bags not less than 50-micron thickness used for packaging of milk are also exempted from this ban. Milk bags and certain types of water bottles, as well as plastic milk pouches, will need to adhere to more than 50 microns thick and should be of recyclable standard.

Nevertheless, on such plastic bags, the price for buyback should be clearly printed. It means you can give empty milk bags back to the seller in return for which he will pay you back a certain sum, like Rs 0.50.

Plastic bottle manufacturers, as well as producers, sellers and traders under the special programme, will also be asked to develop a ‘buyback depository mechanism’, They will offer a predefined buyback price printed on each such bottle.

Thus, consumers will need to pay Rs 1 and Rs 2 extra above the MRP for buying PET bottles of up to half and one litre respectively. Plastic bottles with a capacity of less than half a litre have been banned in totality.

Fine for Violation of Plastic Ban in Mumbai

Fine for not conforming to the prohibition will be Rs 5,000 for the first offence, Rs 10,000 for the second and Rs 25,000 for the third offence. It can also lend you for a three-month jail term or both. Manufacturers will also lose their license.

Over 200 officers to keep a watch on Plastic Ban offenders

BMC has deputed quite an impressive number of officers across the city to take action against the offenders. These 200 plus officials will be spread across 24 wards in the city and will have uniforms licensed by the corporation.

Plastic Ban App

To respond to the queries of people about various provisions of the prohibition of plastic and allied products, the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board has offered an app ‘Plastic Bandi’.

Who is in charge of the Pastic Ban?

Municipal Commissioners, and all Deputy Municipal Commissioners, Shops and Establishment Officers and Inspectors, will be deputed to look after the enforcement. Sanitary Inspector, Health Inspector, Health Officer, Ward Officers. District Collector, Deputy Collector, Sub-Divisional Officer, Tahasildar, are also assigned these duties. State Tax officials, Range Forest Officers have also been empowered to implement the provisions of regulations.

Plastic Ban Helpline Number

The BMC has also established a toll-free helpline number 1800-222-357. It will work for the queries of the citizens so that they can know anything or everything about this ban.

Mumbai Plastic Ban from today: Offenders may be fined up to Rs.25000

Mumbai Plastic Ban from today, Offenders may attract a fine of Rs.5000

Beware, no more plastic, or polythene bags from today, if you are living in Mumbai municipal area.

Plastic bags from your any shopkeeper or from your eating joints and disposal of your waste in these bags will be treated as illegal henceforth. The Maharashtra government’s ban on plastic items has become effective immediately.

Shopkeepers and manufacturers will need to take the ban seriously because this time the Mumbai Municipal Corporation is strict to book offenders to the tune of Rs 5,000 for the first offence from Monday onwards. This fine would be Rs 1,000 for the second offence and Rs 25,000 for every subsequent violation.

The BMC’s squad in dark-blue waistcoats will position themselves in all the corners of the city to make people aware about the ban. The squad will carry a letter from the deputy municipal commissioner which will authorise them to find people and fine them who are found violating or using the banned items.

However, their main concern will be to increase awareness on the issue, The squad will be polite though, clarifies assistant municipal commissioner Sangeeta Hasnale.

The BMC has trained them not to antagonise the people about the issue. They have also been explained what exactly is banned and what the fines, which have been levied.

The BMC squad on plastic will focus initially only on hawkers, retailers and malls across the city limits. It is informed.

Squads have been strictly instructed to go easy on children, the elderly and women groups. Nevertheless, they would seize the plastic bag and explain the ban. Fines may be imposed later if found necessary.

The BMC has decided to use its own staff in the squad.

The BMC’s squads will comprise of officials from three departments, namely license, markets and encroachment. Each ward will have 10 members which will look after the ban.

The shopkeepers and sellers san licenses will be seized from selling other items too. Hawkers with licenses will also need to give their details when the squad book the offence.

Anybody found obstructing in the enforcement can be booked under section 353 of the IPC. That is related to assault or criminal force to deter a public servant from discharging his official duty.

The state government had laid down this ban after the BMC started facing a lot of problems on garbage disposing of. It has also banned the manufacture, usage, transport, distribution, too. The wholesale and retail sale and storage, and import of plastic bags have also been banned through a notification dated March 23, 2018.