Maha govt (India) tweaks policy on single-use plastics, allow products made from compostable materials

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The Maharastra government has permitted the production of straws, cups, plates, forks and spoons made from ‘compostable’ materials by making changes to the policy on single-use plastic, a senior official said.

Single-use products made from compostable materials have been permitted

Pravin Darade, Secretary of Environment and Climate Change Department, told that a panel which studied the ban on single-use plastic and thermocol items decided to permit items made from compostable material.
But it will be mandatory to get approval for these products from the Central Institute of Plastic Engineering and Technology (CIPET) and Central Pollution Control Board (CPBP), he said.
The move will give relief to plastic product manufacturers. There was a demand to allow production of single-use items made from degradable materials.
Previously, in 2018, the Maharashtra government has imposed a ban on single-use plastic and on August 2022, Indian government also released “Standard Operating Procedures” (SOP) for issuing certificate to manufacturers/ sellers of compostable plastic carry bags/ products.


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