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  • Mumbai Plastic Ban: City free of plastic, but suburbs free to use it?

    Mumbai: While citizens of the island city shudder at the thought of using plastic outside their homes, people and shopkeepers in Mumbai’s suburbs openly strut around with plastic bags and other banned materials. Neither are there officials to keep a check, nor does the Plastic Ban squad visit the shops.

  • Mumbai plastic ban: Rules relaxed for retailers & wholesalers

    Mumbai: In yet another amendment to the ongoing plastic ban, retailers and wholesalers are now allowed to sell foodgrains and groceries in plastic packets. The state government on Monday issued a notification allowing the removal of retail and wholesale packaging from the ambit of the plastic ban with immediate effect. This is the third time the state has made changes since the plastic ban was imposed.

  • Mumbai Plastic Ban: No ban on plastic packaging material used for products to sale outside state through e-commerce

    Mumbai: In a relief to e-commerce companies, plastic packaging material used for products intended for sale outside Maharashtra through e-commerce will be allowed, stated a June 30 government notification. However, plastic packaging material used for products intended for sale within Maharashtra through e-commerce shall be allowed for three months from July 1 onwards.

  • Mumbai plastic ban: BMC now offers help finding green alternatives

    Mumbai: In a classic case of putting the cart before the horse, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is now offering citizens help in finding companies and self-help groups manufacturing eco-friendly products through its online portal, after the plastic ban came into effect from June 23.

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    Mumbai Plastic Ban: NCP accuses BJP of imposing ban to fill coffers for polls

    Mumbai: The Nationalist Congress Party has accused the Maharashtra government of banning those items that have long term usage while allowing non-recyclable materials to be used. “The plastic ban imposed by the government seems more like plans to fill the party coffers or for settling scores, instead of protecting the environment,” accused Nawab Malik, national spokesperson for Nationalist Congress Party.

  • Plastic ban: Now, clay pots, steel boxes to deliver food

    Bhayandar: The next time you order food with curry, daal or any other gravy dishes from your favourite eatery, make sure you are ready at the doorstep with a serving bowl as the delivery boy will pour out the liquids from his steel container into it.

  • Plastic Ban: KDMC shows the way to make fuel from plastic

    Kalyan: After the Maharashtra government implemented the plastic ban on June 23, public has been grappling to find new environment friendly alternatives to use of plastic in their daily lives. One municipal corporation leads the pack. Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC) has been working silently in the last two years with Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) to make fuel out of the collected plastic waste.

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    Mumbai Plastic Ban: BMC collects over Rs 10 lakh fine

    Mumbai: The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has collected a total fine of Rs 10,50,000 in the four days of implementing the plastic ban.  The 249 BMC plastic inspectors have visited over 13,501 shops since June 23. Inspectors had rallied together for the first two days, after which they spread out in 24 teams in every ward of Mumbai.

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    Mumbai Plastic Ban: Retailers’ association threatens strike

    Mumbai: The Federation of Retail Traders Welfare Association (FRTWA) on Tuesday warned of a strike if the Maharashtra government did not allow retail shops to use plastic packaging. “Over 1,500 retailers from various associations of traders and manufacturers held a meeting in Goregaon here on to discuss the problems being faced by us after the ban was enforced,” FRTWA president Viren Shah said.

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    Plastic ban: MNS chief Raj Thackeray opposes govt’s move, says it’s ‘tool’ to raise funds

    Mumbai: Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray today alleged that plastic ban is a “tool” to raise funds ahead of elections, and demanded its withdrawal. A ban on single-use plastic items came into effect in Maharashtra on June 23. Speaking to reporters here, Thackeray also objected to an exemption for certain plastic items such as packing material for ready-to-eat food items.

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    Mumbai: Don’t bring plastic bags to hospitals, patients’ relatives told

    Mumbai: City hospitals are keeping strict vigil on relatives of patients bringing in plastic bags as they enter hospital premises. Both private and civic hospitals have instructed their security personnel ensure that plastic bags do not make it past their threshold. A senior doctor said most patients in the hospitals are from rural areas and because of the rains, they carry plastic bags to protect their hospital files and clothes. But since

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    Mumbai Plastic Ban: Grocery see 50 percent plunge in sales

    Mumbai: The state-wide plastic ban came in to effect from last Saturday has caused a 50 per cent drop in business due to lack of packaging alternatives, according to the Federation of Retail Traders Welfare Association. “The plastic ban has led to a big loss of business at the over 3 lakh kirana stores across Maharashtra. Business is down 50 per cent,” association president Viren Shah said.

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    Mumbai Plastic Ban: Thermocol allowed for decorations and storing fish, says Ramdas Kadam

    Mumbai: Maharashtra Environment Minister Ramdas Kadam on Monday sought to clear the confusion prevailing in the public over the ambit of the plastic ban that came into force on June 23. Kadam reiterated that non-woven polypropylene plastic bags are completely banned while time is given for setting up plants to recycle other types of plastic material being used for packing and wrapping. “The thermocol material used for decoration is not banned but

  • Mumbai plastic ban: DIY from plastic waste collected at home

    Mumbai: If you don’t know what to do with the collected plastic bags or pouches at home, crochet yourself a nice bag or a fruit basket. Rita Maker, a 55-year-old participant in the three-day exhibition on plastic alternatives organised by the Briahanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) in Worli, had items like fruit basket, table mats, carpets, pouches which she crocheted using plastic pouches, carry bags, milk pouches, bread wraps

  • Mumbai plastic ban: Day 2- Retailers, vendors feel the heat

    Mumbai: The effect of the near-total ban on single-use plastic in Maharashtra is being felt mostly in retail and unorganised markets, besides adversely impacting app-based food delivery units in Mumbai.