It has been five months since the plastic ban came in force in Maharashtra, but yet the state environment department is to put buyback mechanism in place for milk pouches. The state environment department is planning to hold a meeting regarding the same soon.
According to Indian Express, the department has not held a single meeting with the dairies on the implementation of the buyback scheme. An official from the department told the leading daily, “There is a view to wait for some time of this. We will soon convene a meeting with the dairies on the issue. We will now ask the dairies to submit a plan and then we will take a call on it.”
A notification was issued by the state environment department on March 23 which said dairies should use plastic bags, not less than 50-micron thickness, for the packaging. It should print a buyback price, not less than Rs 0.50, to develop a mechanism for recycling.